What happen if a person do not take a shower for six weeks

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  1. Darknlovely3436 profile image82
    Darknlovely3436posted 7 years ago

    What happen if a person do not take a shower for six weeks

    If you ever tried going without a shower for three days? An experiment is being done....to see how a average normal person would react to going without a shower for at least three day.. straight.

  2. Jlbowden profile image90
    Jlbowdenposted 7 years ago

    I believe most folks could handle not having a shower for three days straight, but I would think that they would feel a bit lousy after six weeks. In a worse case scenario, you could always go skinny dipping if the water was warm enough and bring a bar of soap along.

  3. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 7 years ago

    I'm sure it can be done, but it is going to be very unpleasant for the person and any around them. Just the natural oil on the skin and in one's hair is going to make them feel dirty after that length of time.

  4. Seeker7 profile image93
    Seeker7posted 7 years ago

    I think after 6 weeks the accumulated dirt and skin oil will be a haven for bacteria and fungi. When these organisms get going no one would want to go near you for the stench - yuck!

  5. Special Kay profile image57
    Special Kayposted 7 years ago

    I think after not bathing for six weeks, you will develop rashes, infections and other foul grossness on parts of your body. If your a menstruating woman, not showering could adversely affect your reproductive system. Causing more than a yeast infection, let's think UTI, a blood infection and some other unimaginable infection down there. For a man, you could develop something equally gross. The hair on your head may be prone to falling out as the follicles are now clogged with dirty, you will develop pimples/acne and blackheads all over your face.

  6. FranYo profile image58
    FranYoposted 7 years ago

    I think the key would be the answer to these 2 questions first:

    Where in the world would the person be?  Very different scenario between cold, dry areas and hot, humid climates, right?

    How active is the person?  Sweating a lot? Sedentary?  Big difference, eh?

  7. downpourofwords profile image44
    downpourofwordsposted 7 years ago

    eeeks. More than the person being stinky and filthy, I would pity the people around him. a lazy loner out of his mind would dare not take a shower for 6 weeks!!

  8. jhop1374 profile image60
    jhop1374posted 7 years ago

    I will be able to tell you tomorrow lol jk. I know if I go three days I get a little funky. If I went six weeks I think I would be growing new bacteria cultures on my body a.k.a. super funk.

  9. Miss Paula profile image39
    Miss Paulaposted 7 years ago

    I believe that is a bit much. I think you would feel gross and stink after three days I know I would

  10. stclairjack profile image82
    stclairjackposted 7 years ago

    my first thought was of what is most deffinately NOT going to happen if you go 6 weeks w/ a shower!

    A) your not gona get the date w/ the hot chick in the cubicle next door

    B) your not gona get the date with the fuuny looking lady that brings pictures of her cats to wok iether

    C) the night out with the boys,... not so much after day 5 or 6

    D) your dog has better sence than to hang out with you after week 2 or 3,... and you think HE'S nasty because he licks his butt!?

  11. seriousnuts profile image65
    seriousnutsposted 7 years ago

    I've read from a magazine, there is a tribe in Africa wherein women do not bathe for months. It is encouraged by men because they love the smell. It all depends in the culture. But here in the city? With all the pollution and crowd, it might be difficult, yet possible. I myself couldn't imagine not taking a shower for even just a couple of days straight. It'll make me feel so itchy all over.

  12. lazko profile image61
    lazkoposted 7 years ago

    FranYo, when i was a soldier that happened to me and to mi friends in the army. So its possible , it happened years ago and relax ... you can live with that. Its not quite comfortable, not like 5star Miami hotel but sometimes you might not have any chance. All the people who served in bg and rus army knows what im writing about ...

  13. ankandhk profile image77
    ankandhkposted 7 years ago

    The person will be suffer from bad odor and may get bad disease.

    1. Jim Spurlock profile image55
      Jim Spurlockposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thats what i was thinking some disease or little bugs infesting uhhh

  14. profile image0
    jasper420posted 7 years ago

    I woud think you would start to stink and possibly become more prone to certain types of infection mostly staff and other gross skin irrations

  15. NorthEast Timber profile image60
    NorthEast Timberposted 7 years ago

    They would find out what true loneliness is.

  16. puddingicecream profile image73
    puddingicecreamposted 7 years ago

    Well, first things first, the shower won't take him/her back in.

  17. John Holden profile image61
    John Holdenposted 7 years ago

    When I was a child in the 1950s, I was one of the cleaner ones. I had a bath every Sunday ready for school the next week.
    Oh, and I would get a clean shirt to last me the week too smile
    My parents bathed at the same intervals too, don't remember them stinking!

  18. profile image54
    consentinoposted 7 years ago

    You would probably smell like a dead cat.








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  19. supplies expert profile image59
    supplies expertposted 7 years ago

    I had a roommate freshman year of college who would go anywhere to 4 - 6 weeks without showering, and he was overweight.  It was disgusting.  The reason he would not shower was that he was so overweight he wasn't able to fit into the small space saving shower stalls that we were given.  Either way, it was not a pretty sight, or even better yet smell.  My other roommate and I would bleach the floor and clean the whole dorm every week to try and get rid of his odor, but it would not happen.  We even got to the point where we would spray him with febreeze, cologne, or any scented spray we could find when he was asleep or not paying attention.  It was terrible, he smelled terrible, and it was very unhealthy for everyone.

    From what I could tell he didn't grow any bacteria on the outside, but I know it smelled so bad that the whole floor smelled.  He did have a bad case of foot odor as well considering he did not wear socks with his shoes and he wore slippers everywhere.  Also, he did not own a toothbrush from what my roommate and I could tell, we never saw him brush his teeth, nor did we ever see his toothbrush in the room.  Overall, worst college roommate possible.

    1. profile image49
      No name123posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      How much you want to bet that his teeth were whiter than the ones on a crest white strips commercial though? Seriously, the ones with the whitest teeth/fewest tooth problems are the ones who've never gotten into the habit of using toothpaste.

  20. ChristineVianello profile image59
    ChristineVianelloposted 7 years ago

    I think people that live in poverty may go without showering for months. I believe it is most likely smelly for the person and others they are surrounded by. I remeber a time when I had the flu I did not shower for 5 days.....

  21. Lee Tea profile image90
    Lee Teaposted 7 years ago

    They finish a summer on Phish lot.
    "'cause we're all in this together, and we'd LOVE to TAKE a BATH!!"

  22. Saphire Storm profile image60
    Saphire Stormposted 7 years ago

    They smell bad and probably develop multiple skin fungus infections.

  23. profile image0
    rorshak sobchakposted 7 years ago

    I think that the stink would be pretty bad. One could always sponge bath.

    rorshak sobchak

  24. pearpandas profile image61
    pearpandasposted 7 years ago

    They would be dirty... but nothing bad would happen!

  25. ershruti304 profile image60
    ershruti304posted 7 years ago

    Six Weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well for me taking a shower everyday is as important as is brushing your teeth daily. So I personally feel that if a person is not having a shower for a stretch of six weeks he is the best organism for parasites.

  26. myi4u profile image62
    myi4uposted 7 years ago

    I honestly cannot imagine doing that. I take shower twice a day, even during winter and even when I was ill.

    I personally do not think it as a problem especially people who are less fortunate and do not have access to clean water. Other than that, they will just stink!

  27. Zen Badger profile image54
    Zen Badgerposted 7 years ago

    In answer to your question, I remember reading an article and watching a documentary on this exact thing!

    Nicky Taylor, a British documentary maker undertook this challenge as part of a scientific/social experiment.

    Nicky undertook this experiment after finding herself shocked that British people spend a whopping 10.5 billion each year on grooming products as well as an estimated £2000 on beauty products. She was also shocked at the number of chemicals in the beauty products that she had been using on a daily basis.

    Could there be negative effects on health?

    At the end of the six weeks Nicky reported that her skin looked better and brighter than ever. She no longer uses lots of facial products.

    She also said that she felt healthy and happy within her self.

    Bacterial swabs were taken from areas of the body before and after the experiment. Although bacteria had increased, it still remained at a safe level.

    The downside came mainly from the social aspect. She felt self conscious in public and embarrassed by her appearance when compared to other people. She even canceled going to a friends wedding!

    Although it is widely reported that the hair begin to clean itself, the six week experiment lead to greasy, smelly, dirty hair.

    Not brushing her teeth also meant she needed her first filling!

    If you research Nicky Taylor and her experiment, you my find the documentary and there are also articles online.

    Hope this helped!

    1. JordanAsh profile image61
      JordanAshposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      This sounds fascinating and somewhat gross, but I may just have to look this up.

  28. AnkushKohli profile image80
    AnkushKohliposted 7 years ago

    If that person live in hot area their will be bad smell around him. Fell sleepy & itching on all body . There will be less problem for the person who live in cold area. But its really horrible to listen six weeks without shower.

  29. tbonet101 profile image59
    tbonet101posted 7 years ago

    certain cultures don't bathe but in certain countries you would be the smelly kid in class

  30. nabeelplus profile image57
    nabeelplusposted 7 years ago

    well i think the person is telling his surroundings to stay away from him simply, & this my hurt his health even

  31. Trigger9449 profile image61
    Trigger9449posted 7 years ago

    I feel like this should never go through someones mind, but in case that happens.. i'm sure you would smell horrific and you may even catch a disease or two.

  32. JT Walters profile image65
    JT Waltersposted 7 years ago

    People smell terrible without baths for so long.

  33. tebo profile image83
    teboposted 7 years ago

    I have heard of a mother whose child had very bad eczema was told not to bath the child for a long period of time and the eczema improved. I think we wash out all the natural oils in our skin and hair. I guess its about finding a balance.

  34. The Taco Tagger profile image62
    The Taco Taggerposted 7 years ago

    I imagine if you didn't bathe, then you would begin to smell of many different odors, sweat being the main one. Your body excretes moisture at all times, and if you don't get rid of it, then you will indeed smell like BO.

  35. woodamarc profile image69
    woodamarcposted 7 years ago

    In the military during field training activity, it was typical to go 7-9 days without a shower.  However, it was always a nasty experience. You could go longer, but who'd want to if you had the choice. Also, at some point you must be concerned about your hygiene for your health sake.  Consider this, after 5 days without a wash, who's going to want to stand next to you?  To directly answer your question... At the 6 week point, your body adapts to the funk and others stay away!

  36. R. Anderson profile image85
    R. Andersonposted 7 years ago

    They smell beyond terrible? At least they can go out in the rain yes? I would imagine all sorts of bacterial build up and other health risks associated with bad hygiene?

  37. clintonb profile image58
    clintonbposted 7 years ago

    It all depends on the geography they are located in. In colder places you don't require a bath even for weeks because u wont precipitate. The sweat goes out from your body in other way, so you feel fresh all the time. But the places like hot regions like India and parts of asia people have to bathe at-least twice a day to keep them comfortable between every one.

  38. ivantsoft profile image61
    ivantsoftposted 7 years ago

    such a person will stink. It doe snot matter where the person is located.

  39. OneFineG467 profile image61
    OneFineG467posted 7 years ago

    If the environment is very clean enough to let a person  live without taking shower for six weeks otherwise go for shower regularly...

    Antartic and Artic is a good place to go without shower....

  40. cooldad profile image58
    cooldadposted 7 years ago

    Well, I would hope a person who didn't shower for 6 weeks was a resident in a highly urban city.  That way their smell would just blend in with the rest of the city.  It would be advisable to spend some time in highly populated parks and near buses with large plumes of diesel fumes.  Please stay away from any enclosed spaces like offices, restaurants, coffee shops and libraries. 

    I did forget to ask though..... Would this person be allowed to wear patchouli?  If so, this person is probably a hipster, drinking coffee at Starbucks listening to cool, indie acoustical music.

  41. nancyme profile image58
    nancymeposted 7 years ago

    wow 6 weeks! I winder if i could survive through the 3rd day without a shower. i think people might just get crazy. it'll be depressing for me if i have to go that long without a shower.

  42. The Ghostwriter profile image72
    The Ghostwriterposted 7 years ago

    They save a lot of water! - its eco friendly to stink.

  43. American View profile image59
    American Viewposted 7 years ago

    They will become very lonely for they will stink.

  44. tilinaoita profile image55
    tilinaoitaposted 7 years ago

    He will probably have a combinations of a few smells on him. lolz smile)

  45. Awfranklin profile image58
    Awfranklinposted 7 years ago

    OH man no way! I have to shower 2 to 3 times a day....my job as a plumber explains that, but still even if I just sat at a desk, it would be 2.

  46. iuepro profile image58
    iueproposted 7 years ago

    well... hot or cold weather Or sweaty or non sweaty person....After Six weeks  a stinking person would be found moving around and people fainting on each step.

  47. larryprice5372 profile image68
    larryprice5372posted 7 years ago

    He/She would not have many friends! Hygiene is very very important, and there is no excuse for not bathing.

  48. Greensleeves Hubs profile image95
    Greensleeves Hubsposted 7 years ago

    What happens if a person doesn't take a shower for six weeks?

    He gets very lonely.

    1. profile image47
      calewarkposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I would not think anything would happen

    2. AnnaCia profile image83
      AnnaCiaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Green, your answer is so funny. lol

    3. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I cannot believe that this 3-year-old question is still active!!  It's been well and fully answered by many people!

  49. cloudy_cool profile image76
    cloudy_coolposted 7 years ago

    That dirty person would get divorced!!!! LOL!!

  50. danfresnourban profile image63
    danfresnourbanposted 7 years ago

    Historically many people would go through the entire winter without a shower. Don't hold me to this, but I have heard that cologne was invented to mask body odors of people who went months without a bath.

    All i know is that I am not around one of those people that have gone that long without a show.

 
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