The Effects of Poor Personal Hygiene

by Cheryl Gregory

Poor hygiene is known to be unacceptable in our culture with good reason. People do not want to be around someone who smells badly or is not clean. Poor hygiene is known to have health effects as well, so it is important to keep yourself clean.

Prevention/Solution

Practicing good hygiene will prevent the spread of illness and disease. Washing your hands periodically throughout the day will prevent the spread of colds, flu and other ailments.

Considerations

Poor hygiene will make you feel self-conscious about your body, leaving you to concentrate on that instead of your work or studies. Good hygienic habits will make you feel better about yourself and your body.

Significance

Bathing regularly will prevent foul smelling and offensive body odor. The buildup of oils and sweat will clog pores, leading to acne or sores on the body.

Prevention/Solution

Poor oral hygiene will lead to cavities and gum disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis is critical for good dental health.

Prevention/Solution

Diseases, like athlete’s foot, are common in people who do not care for their feet properly. Washing your feet daily with a good soap and warm water and drying them thoroughly will help prevent this problem. Do not use another person’s personal footwear. If you are exposed to athlete’s foot, there are powders and creams you can use to treat this problem.

Photo Credits

  • Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Steve Roetz

About the Author

Residing in Joplin, Missouri, Cheryl Gregory writes articles that touch on women and their relationships for a non-profit organization that deals with domestic violence. She majored in English and cultural literature at West Texas State University.