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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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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Get 6-8 hours of sleep a night
Once
Wear a hat and sunscreen outdoors, esp. if fair-skinned.
Once
Drink 4-8 8 oz glasses of water daily depending on diet
Daily
Fill half your plate with fruits or veggies each meal
Daily
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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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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
daily
Do some form of meditation to decrease stress
daily
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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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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Save time for yourself
daily
Meditate
daily
Exercise regularly
5x week
Work to live don't live to work
daily

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