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Poor Personal Hygiene (Overview)

This is the patient who, for whatever reason does not bathe, brush teeth, or groom him/herself in any way.


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What are some causes of poor personal hygiene or neglect?

What are some causes of poor personal hygiene or neglect?

Changes in hygiene: If this is a change in behavior from usual, the person could be depressed -- showing little interest in, or energy to attend to, grooming. Another possibility is psychosis, because the person may be hearing voices telling him or her not to take baths -- or attention is distracted elsewhere. A third possibility is dementia. Please see your doctor for help getting to the bottom of these changes. ...Read more

Poor Personal Hygiene (Overview)

This is the patient who, for whatever reason does not bathe, brush teeth, or groom him/herself in any way.


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What are some causes of poor personal hygiene or neglect?

Changes in hygiene: If this is a change in behavior from usual, the person could be depressed -- showing little interest in, or energy to attend to, grooming. Another possibility is psychosis, because the person may be hearing voices telling him or her not to take baths -- or attention is distracted elsewhere. A third possibility is dementia. Please see your doctor for help getting to the bottom of these changes. ...Read more

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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
daily
Exercise by walking, swimiming or biking
5x week
Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
once
Do some form of meditation to decrease stress
daily
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What is the definition or description of: Poor personal hygiene?

What is the definition or description of: Poor personal hygiene?

Poor hygiene: This is the patient who, for whatever reason does not bathe, brush teeth, or groom him/herself in any way. ...Read more

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I have poor personal hygiene and I am fully aware that i do, yet i find it extremely difficult to change my habits. Thoughts?

I have poor personal hygiene and I am fully aware that i do, yet i find it extremely difficult to change my habits. Thoughts?

Personal hygiene: Some conditions like depression and others are associated with poor personal hygiene. You might consider a psychiatric or psychological evaluation to discuss your concerns. If you are dealing with a mental illness, it will be hard to change your personal habits without also treating your condition. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Treating Poor Vision (Checklist)

Try a tablet or ebook reader for reading
Once
If you have cataracts, have them treated
Once
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Is it true that poor personal hygiene may be beneficial to good health, as in creating a better immune system?

Is it true that poor personal hygiene may be beneficial to good health, as in creating a better immune system?

Untested: A current popular theory among some doctors is that we raise our children in too sterile and protected an environment. Because of this they are not exposed when very young to a variety of allergens which keeps the immune system healthy and focused. They then consider this might be the cause of some diseases later in life, especially asthma. ...Read more

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My Stepdaughter is experiencing poor personal hygiene, incontinence and holding bowel movements. The following also describes her: Leaking stool. ...

My Stepdaughter is experiencing  poor personal hygiene, incontinence and holding bowel movements. The following also describes her: Leaking stool. ...

Stool retention: Stool retention is a common acquired disorder of elimination.It often starts early, after a kid has a hard or painful stool & tries to avoid going. Eventually the colon balloons out & emptying becomes ineffective. They often lose the ability to stop leaking & pass liquid stool that swirls around hard chunks. It often takes a pedi GI or developmental ped a year or more to straighten these kids out ...Read more

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What are some underlying causes for poor hygiene, neglecting personal appearance, lethargy, and hypersomnia? I've had them my whole life

What are some underlying causes for poor hygiene, neglecting personal appearance, lethargy, and hypersomnia? I've had them my whole life

Major Depression: I feel empathy for your life. Commend yourself for concern about Health. Your symptoms indicate Depression. Do not be victim of your symptoms, do not feel helpless, and do not feel hopeless. Go to Grand Canyon National park to feel Beauty and Wonders of Nature; feel the inspiration. Believe in Healing Powers of your body. Daily Exercise See a Psychiatrist for Therapy and Medication for Depression ...Read more

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Can I get a full in-depth hygiene and health checklist for women? (daily, monthly, yearly and throughout life - exercise, diet, and personal hygiene)

Can I get a full in-depth hygiene and health checklist for women? (daily, monthly, yearly and throughout life - exercise, diet, and personal hygiene)

Great question: That is a great question, but this is a limited answer forum. Make an appointment with a GYN MD who can take the time to provide you the answer that you are seeking as it involves a significant amount of time. ...Read more