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Mosquitoes love Bad Breath and Stinky Feet

Monday, May 30th, 2011


It’s almost summertime and when someone thinks of summer, tons of images come to mind: barbecues, time by the pool, trips to the beach, summer vacation and – (oh yes) mosquitoes. Unfortunately, with the warm weather, mosquitoes and their itchy bites often come along on camping trips and visit you at home on those warmer summer nights.

Did you know you can help ward off these pesky buzzing critters by making sure your bad breath is in check? It’s true. A researcher at the Netherlands’ Wageningen University and Research Center discovered that when African malaria mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) are far away from prey (yes, that includes us) they use nasal receptors to smell the carbon dioxide the all humans expel on their breath. While it’s not guaranteed to stop mosquito bites, you may want to consider using our oral care probiotics or fresh breath products to better your chances of going unnoticed to those hungry bloodsuckers.

Weirder yet, these mosquitoes stop following the traces of bad breath when they approach their meal and home in on the smell of our feet! Did you know that Dr. Katz also has a solution for bad smelling feet? It’s called Sweet Feet and you can purchase and learn more about it out here. It’s just a simple powder that you combine with water to soak your feet and is great for fighting fungus and athlete’s foot too. This will eliminate any unpleasant foot odor (is there really any other kind?) and also help arm you against mosquitoes.

While there are tons of precautions that people can take to be free of mosquito bites, next time you’re using a bug spray or candle, you may also want to check how your breath and feet smell – just to be safe and bite-free. Enjoy the summer!

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From the mouth to the foot – The most embarrassing beauty questions answered

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

(Source:WebMD Feature from “Redbook” Magazine)

Amy Keller of Redbook Magazine writes about the 12 Most Embarrassing Beauty Questions. Top 2 Question is the question about bad breath, ranking second to foot odor. Apparently, smelliness is next to smelliness in this case. The question: Why does breath smell despite constant brushing? We also find out the answer to this other plaguing question — Just what is the connection between Foot Odor and Bad Breath? The answer might surprise you.

When the normal bacteria on your feet interact with moisture trapped in your socks and shoes, they emit stinky sulfurous byproducts, says Doris J. Day, M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at New York University.

1. What causes foot odor?

The fix: Since dry feet equals odor-free feet, wear absorbent cotton socks with shoes made from breathable materials, like canvas and leather, and sprinkle Zeasorb – an over-the-counter drying powder – into your shoes every morning. Three nights a week, pour a pot of tea made with several regular (not herbal) tea bags into a basin, then soak your feet for five to 10 minutes. The tannic acid in tea temporarily inhibits sweat production. See your doctor if your feet are also red, swollen or scaly to make sure a bacterial or fungal infection isn’t causing the smell.
2. Why does my breath smell despite constant brushing?

Although brushing will help prevent cavities (so don’t stop scrubbing), it can only mask bad breath, since the problem really lies within your throat and tongue, not your teeth. When the bacteria in your mouth lose access to oxygen (which can happen when you use alcohol-based mouthwashes, take certain prescription medications for depression or high blood pressure or simply sit with your mouth shut for a long time), they emit smelly sulfur compounds, says Harold Katz, D.D.S., founder of The California Breath Clinic in Los Angeles; this is the same principle at work with foot odor. Eating garlic and onion also makes your breath stink because they contain – surprise – those same sulfur compounds.

The fix: Contrary to popular belief, a tongue scraper won’t banish bad breath – sulfur compounds cannot be removed manually. Instead, keep your mouth oxygenated by drinking water throughout the day and using an over-the-counter oral rinse with chlorine dioxide in both the A.M. and the P.M. to neutralize sulfur compounds. (Try TheraBreath Oral Rinse.) Chewing on oxygen-rich vegetables, like parsley and celery, can also diminish odors. If these tricks don’t work, see your dentist.

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