Fight smelly feet with scientifically coated socks?

Researchers from Thailand recently developed an effective coating for smelly feet. The socks coated with zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NP) were tested under real conditions by scientists from Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University in Thailand. The experiment has shown that such a combination is effective not only against foot odor, but also against bacterial infections.

New remedy for smelly feet in development

man and woman sitting on the sofa annoyed by the foot odor

Foot odor is an embarrassing condition that has a negative impact on the quality of life. However, researchers from the Royal Thai Airforce developed a solution through socks, which were initially intended for military personnel. But they then found that the antibacterial effectiveness of ZnO-NPs, together with their safety and compatibility with human skin, are the perfect combination for textiles, including socks. The results thus demonstrate the effectiveness of the socks coated with zinc oxide through nanoparticles in the prevention of bromodose and the inhibition of the development of keratolysis. These are bacterial infections that cause smelly feet. So such type of treatment could represent a new primary prevention option for both military personnel and those prone to these embarrassing and uncomfortable conditions.

little dog between human feet under the covers

For the results, the double-blind, randomized, controlled study with 148 cadets was carried out at the Thai Naval Rating School. The study showed that those socks coated with zinc oxide nanoparticles had significantly less foot odor compared to the baseline value. This was compared to the uncoated socks group. She perceived a more intense foot odor with a stronger negative impact on her daily life. They also found that participants with uncoated socks were more likely to develop keratolysis with pitting than participants with ZnO-NP-coated socks.

Simple solution to foot odor

asian woman holds woman's shoe with bad smell because of smelly feet

During his internship as a naval officer in the medical department, the study author noted a high number of foot infections among military personnel. He therefore wanted to find a way to prevent and treat these fungal and bacterial infections and the diseases associated with them. Previous studies had already shown the antibacterial properties of zinc oxide nanoparticles, so the research team wanted to test the effectiveness of such a new technology in practice.

colored socks put on next to sports shoes on a light carpet

The study’s authors will continue research with other textiles. They hope that in this way they will treat and prevent the growth of bacterial and fungal infections in the future. The study was at the virtual conference “29. Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) ”.