Topical Powder Mix of Chalcanthite, Alum, and Clove as an Effective Feet Odor Treatment

Keywords: Alum, Chalcanthite, Clove, Pathogenic fungus, Topical powder, X-ray fluoresces techniques


Treating foot Odor infected with pathogenic fungus and bacteria has been a major concern for pharmaceutical companies. Finding a right treatment with minimum side effects has been of particular importance.  This study configures a homemade topical powder mix in treating foot odor. The homemade topical powder mix is free of any harmful chemical constituents; its main constituents being Chalcanthite, Alum, and Clove. Energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence was used for the determination of the chemical composition component of Chalcanthite, Alum, Clove, and the powder mix of Chalcanthite, Alum, and Clove. XRF was able to measure elements such as Oxygen, Sulfur, Aluminum, Potassium, and Copper in kα line. The antimicrobial activity of the powder mix of Chalcanthite, Alum, and Clove was studied against two pathogenic fungi, which are Epidermophyton sp., and Trichophyton sp., and two pathogenic bacteria, which are Brevibacterium sp., and Staphylococcus sp. Screening for antibacterial and antifungal was done using agar disk diffusion. The growth inhibition zone measured ranged from 16 to 28 mm for all the sensitive fungal, and ranged from 14 to 27 mm for the sensitive bacteria.


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Author Biography

Amera G. Baker, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Health, Koya University, Danielle Mitterrand Boulevard, Koya KOY45, Kurdistan Region
Amera is an lecturer in the Department of physics, where she joined the work at Koya University since 2012. Before that she was an Associate Lecturer at The University of Baghdad, where she was a lecturer in physics department (1993-2011). She gained a B.Sc. degree in physics sciences from Baghdad University in 1989, M.Sc. degree in materials science from Baghdad University in 2009. She started his academic teaching in 1989 when she joined the work at Baghdad University in the department of computers in the college of agriculture. In 1993-1999 she joined the college of science / physics department, Baghdad university, as assistance, then return back to college of science / physics department, Baghdad university in 2005-2011.


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How to Cite
Baker, A. G. (2018) “Topical Powder Mix of Chalcanthite, Alum, and Clove as an Effective Feet Odor Treatment”, ARO-THE SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL OF KOYA UNIVERSITY, 6(2), pp. 1-6. doi: 10.14500/aro.10299.