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Personal Hygiene Issues

author image Kristin Davis
Kristin Davis has been writing since 2004, specializing in the health and fitness fields. She has written for online and print publications including Fitness Monthly and Creative Circle. Davis has certification through the International Fitness Professionals Association as a personal trainer.
Personal Hygiene Issues
A teenager with combed hair brushing her teeth after a shower. Photo Credit Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Getty Images


Good personal hygiene means maintaining your body by keeping it clean and groomed. In fact, good hygiene is an important part of helping you to feel confident about your body and yourself. If you have poor personal hygiene, you may have problems with not only your appearance but also your health. By understanding what causes issues with personal hygiene, you will be able to come up with solutions to improve your hygiene and prevent potential health problems.

Bad Breath

Bad breath involves the air that you exhale out of your mouth being distinctive, unpleasant and offensive. Causes of bad breath may include an abscessed tooth, cavities, taking large doses of vitamin supplements, smoking, dentures, an infection of the throat, certain foods and beverages and poor dental hygiene, according to MedlinePlus. To combat bad breath, brush your teeth and floss at least twice a day and avoid cigarettes. Despite the claims, using mouthwash does nothing to treat the problem causing the bad breath. If your bad breath persists, schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Sweating and Body Odor

It is completely normal and healthy to sweat when you are hot, when you physically exert yourself or when you are anxious, nervous or under stress. Although sweat is odorless, it may lead to body odor once it combines with the bacteria on your skin. If you sweat excessively or do not sweat at all when you probably should, you should contact your doctor, as this may be a cause for concern. Over-the-counter antiperspirants and deodorants may solve normal body odor resulting from sweating. If neither of these products works, your doctor may try aluminum chloride, which is available only by prescription. Bathing on a daily basis and frequently changing your socks are other options that may aid in eliminating your body odor.


Acne is the result of your pores becoming clogged with excess oil and dirt. While adolescents going through puberty are most at risk of developing acne, it can occur at any age. Hormonal changes and certain types of drugs, such as estrogen, testosterone and steroids may cause acne as well. To treat acne, gently cleanse your skin with a mild soap no more than two times each day. Avoid the urge to pick at or squeeze your pimples, as scarring may occur. If you have oily hair, wash it on a daily basis. If none of these options work, medications are available both over the counter and by prescription.

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