Shoe deodorizers have evolved as an integral part of personal care. Rapid growth of the medicated foot market in the U.S. has propelled the demand for shoe deodorizers. The U.S. shoe deodorizer market is estimated to develop at a CAGR of 6.2% during the period between 2014 and 2020. The overall market was worth US$207 million in 2013 and is expected to reach a valuation of US$319.9 million by 2020.
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Chemical Compounds in Shoe Deodorizers Cause Adverse Health Effects
Shoe deodorizers are largely in demand from patients suffering from diabetes and hyperthyroidism. According to the American Thyroid Association, around 20 million Americans are affected by some form of thyroid. Faster metabolic rate in hyperthyroidism causes excessive sweating. It is estimated that around 9.3% of the U.S. population suffers from diabetes. Increased sweating among diabetics is due to improper functioning of the autonomous nervous system over a period of time. Shoe deodorizers are high in demand among sportspersons as well.
Though shoe deodorizers are much required to control foot odor, the adverse effects of the chemical constituents in shoe deodorizers restrict patients from using them. The chemical compounds present in synthetic shoe deodorizers cause allergy in patients. Following are some of the chemicals used in synthetic shoe deodorizers:
- Tolnaftate: The chemical is present in many shoe deodorizer spray and powder. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions. Also, it may cause cardiac problems in infants if expectant mothers come into contact with the ingredient during the first trimester of pregnancy.
- Isobutane: Isobutane is a refrigerant that is also used in some aerosols. Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recognized isobutene as safe, the chemical compound used in shoe deodorizer is reported to cause coughing and exacerbate asthma.
- Propylene glycol and propyl paraben: Propylene glycol is suspected of causing respiratory toxicity and immunotoxicity. Propyl paraben is a banned ingredient across the European Union nations as it is suspected to cause skin and organ damage.
- Other chemical ingredients: Chemical compound in shoe deodorizers such as butylated hydroxytoluene and talc has been linked to respiratory toxicity. Triethanolamine, sodium lauryl sulfate, and phenoxyethanol are suspected carcinogens.
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Natural/ Organic Shoe Deodorizer: Eliminating Foot Odor without Using Chemicals
The adverse side effects of chemical compounds in shoe deodorizer has led to the demand for organic or natural shoe deodorizers. Natural products such as cedarwood and eucalyptus have anti-microbial properties. Homemade formulations of shoe deodorizers using natural products are used widely by patients. Manufacturers are increasingly combining the anti-microbial properties of these natural products with cornstarch, bamboo extract, peppermint, and rosemary to develop organic or natural shoe deodorizers. For sportspersons as well as patients suffering from diabetes and hyperthyroidism in the U.S., organic shoe deodorizer has emerged as a healthier option to eliminate foot odor.