Extra shoes can stifle smelly feet

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY

July 09, 2000|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate

Q. I recently read your column about the young man whose feet were smelling up his sister's house. My son had the same problem, and the remedy I found worked great. I bought a chlorophyll drink at a health-food store. Within 24 hours he was scent-free.

A.Thanks for the tip. Others have also reported benefits from chlorophyll. We don't know how it might work, but you don't need a double-blind, placebo-controlled study to tell you if someone's feet still stink.

Another reader offered this: "The only solution we found for my husband's smelly feet was for him to have more than one pair of shoes. He wore a different pair every day, allowing the shoes to dry out between uses. This seems to prevent the bacteria responsible for odor in shoes from reproducing. It worked wonders!"

In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them in care of the People's Pharmacy, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, N.C. 27717, or e-mail them at their Web site (www.peoplespharmacy.com) on the HealthCentral.com network.

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