Nvq 3 Essay

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Support Individuals to maintain Personal Hygiene Understand the Importance of good personal Hygiene 1.1, 1.2 Maintaining a good level of personal hygiene is important because it reduces the risks of infection. This can be done by simply washing and drying properly, including areas such as your face, hair, nails, hands and feet. Personal hygiene is important in everyday life and not just specifically in a health and social care environment; it helps to reduce the spread of germs, viruses and bugs. Maintaining a good level of personal hygiene can help an individual to feel comfortable, especially in social areas. This, in turn, raises self esteem and confidence. So not only does an individual look and smell healthier they will feel healthier as well. Poor personal hygiene can lead to illness and in the worst case scenario, even death. Death is obviously highly unlikely, however it is not impossible. Poor personal hygiene can begin to be rectified with something simple like taking a bath or a thorough wash. Bathing once a day would be ideal. Some people may not enjoy bathing or showering due to past experiences or through laziness. Poor personal hygiene can seem like a small issue to some people but it has a snowball effect and can lead to much more serious issues. Poor personal hygiene can lead to unpleasant body odours, this can isolate the individual which can lead to the individual feeling depressed, with low confidence and low self esteem. Poor personal hygiene in the mouth can lead to gum problems and tooth decay. If the teeth are not cleaned thoroughly and regularly they could become sore or get fungal infections and gum disease. We use our hands for almost everything so it is especially important that they remain clean and infection free. Hands harbour lots of germs especially under the nails and if they are not cleaned regularly these germs can be
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