Case 3 – Concoction Confusion

Donor – Stinky Pete

I had a chat with a friend of mine who attempted to give blood a few weeks ago.  However they wouldn’t let him donate because of the the ‘drugs’ he was taking at the time.  He explained to me that they were for a very personnal mental issue.  I obviously didn’t ask any more and just expressed my concern for a quick recovery, and said that once he had dealt with his problem maybe he could try again.



It has now come to my attention that the ‘drugs’ he is taking are for a very particular problem – ‘Toxic Sock Syndrome’ -


So I took it upon myself to do some research to help old ‘Stinky’ to remedy his problem and get back on the donating table.  The common home remedies for foot odour are:

Apply tea to the area: Using a soak made from tea bags and applying it to your feet will eliminate the problem of smelly feet.  This is because the tannic acid from tea tans the skin. Take a couple of tea bags and boil them in a pint of water for 15 minutes.  Then remove the tea bags and pour the pint of this strong, hot tea into a basin or a large pot and fill it with two quarts of cool water.  Soak your feet for 30 minutes daily for seven or ten days and you will not experience the problem any longer.

Use acne remover: If your feet really stink very badly, you suffer from toxic sock syndrome. In this case, you should look at your soles. If they are whitish in colour with tiny pits, you are suffering from the condition called pitted keratolysis. The microorganism that causes this condition is the same one that causes acne, you can use over-the-counter acne medication with 10 percent benzoyl peroxide.

Go for an antiperspirant: There are special foot deodorants to remedy the problem but they can be quite expensive. But you go in for any underarm antiperspirant, which is a cheaper alternative. Go for a roll-on that has aluminum chloride hexahydrate as the active ingredient. Use it twice a day.  But avoid aerosols since all their smell is dissipated in the air.

I hope this helps ‘Stinky’, or any of you who are unable to donate because of your ‘Toxic Sock Syndrome’.

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