Unit 4 > Risks to health and well-being > Lack of personal hygiene

Lack of personal hygiene (social isolation, disease)

Poor personal hygiene is seen as unacceptable and unhealthy in  British culture.   People do not want to be around someone who has bad body odour or if they are not clean.  An individual’s body naturally harbours bacteria, however, if the bacteria are allowed to build up then they become harmful to the individual and others.  The build up of  bacteria begins to smell, we call this body odour.    It is vital that an individual keeps their body clean and free from infection on a daily basis.  Individuals do this  by daily showering, bathing or washing using soap and hot water to wash away the daily build up of bacteria.  Brushing teeth twice a day,  combing hair daily and washing hair regularly is all part of good personal hygiene.  Our hands come in contact with a variety of surfaces and pick up bacteria which can be harmful, so, they  need washing several times a day, especially after going to the toilet.  This daily routine prevents bacteria from building up(gets rid of fungi and viruses) and  damaging an individual’s health .

Benefits of good personal hygiene

  • Prevents individuals from catching and spreading illness and disease.
  • It makes individuals feel good about themselves and their bodies

Good personal hygiene reduces the build up of bacteria

  • Thoroughly and regularly washing one’s body, particularly the hands.
  • Washing one’s hair
  • Brushing and flossing teeth
  • Caring for gums