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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

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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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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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Is there a correlation between depression, appearance and personal hygiene?

Is there a correlation between depression, appearance and personal hygiene?

Sometimes when a : Person is severely impaired with depression, they may fail to take care of personal hygiene ; their appearance may not matter to them. ...Read more

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Itching above clitoris and between external and internal (red/irritated). All tests neg and changed all personal hygiene products. What could it be?

Itching above clitoris and between external and internal (red/irritated). All tests neg and changed all personal hygiene products. What could it be?

Yeast infection: Candidiasis (yeast) infection is the commonest female genital infection. Use of systemic or topical antibiotics predisposes to it. You may try otc topical yeast creams. If that does not help then you should see a gynecologist to rule out other conditions involving that area. ...Read more

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I recently went to the doctor for a personal hygiene reason, what to do?

I recently went to the doctor for a personal hygiene reason, what to do?

Follow up: Follow his or her recommendations. Unfortunately, you did not include any details about your condition. ...Read more

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My partner has a slight cut on his foreskin and its not healing. Its also sore to pull back. Personal hygiene is good.

My partner has a slight cut on his foreskin and its not healing. Its also sore to pull back. Personal hygiene is good.

See my remark: Your partner has a tight foreskin "phimosis" The cut will heal with hygienic mearures + use topical antibiotic oitment. If this is a recurrent event,see a urologist...circumcision may be considered ...Read more

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What personal. Hygiene should be done dail?

What personal. Hygiene should be done dail?

Many things: Wash daily with bathing or showering. Shampooing the hair should be done daily too, or at the least 3x/week. Hand washing is important before eating or handling food, and always after using the bathroom, brushing and flossing your teeth after meals is recommended and when you awake and go to sleep. Shaving areas and how often is a personal preference. ...Read more

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What illness does poor hygiene cause in modern cities?

What illness does poor hygiene cause in modern cities?

Dental Decay: Poor dental hygiene relates to higher rates of cardiovascular desease and stroke. The simmering, low grade gum infection or gingivitis activates a body wide inflammatory reaction. The inflammatory cells and its immune chemicals will target tissue away from the teeth too. The small vessels of the heart and brain are affected long term causing heart disease and stroke. ...Read more

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