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What happens if you dont clean after pooping?

Pooping is a natural bodily function that helps eliminate waste from the body. However, failing to clean yourself properly after pooping can lead to a number of undesirable consequences. Proper hygiene after pooping is essential for health and preventing the spread of germs. In this article, we will explore what can happen if you don’t clean up after pooping and the best practices for post-poop hygiene.

Health Risks

Not cleaning after pooping can pose a number of health risks:


Leaving behind fecal matter on the skin around the anus can introduce bacteria into the area. This bacteria can lead to infections such as:

– Perianal abscesses: Infection of the tissues around the anus leading to a painful lump or boil.

– Cellulitis: A bacterial skin infection causing redness, swelling, and pain.

– Necrotizing fasciitis: A serious, rapidly spreading soft tissue infection that can be life-threatening.

Failing to clean properly after pooping allows bacteria to multiply, raising the risk of these infections developing.

Irritation and Rashes

Stool contains irritating substances that can inflame the skin if left on the body. Leaving behind bits of poop can cause redness, itching, and rashes around the anus. Scratching this area due to irritation also increases the chance of breaks in the skin that can become infected.

Parasitic Infections

Parasites like pinworms can spread through fecal contamination. Pinworm eggs stick to the skin around the anus and get transferred to surfaces and objects if the area is not cleaned. Getting pinworms can cause intense anal itching.

Urinary Tract Infections

Women are at particular risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) if poop is not cleaned from the perineal area. Bacteria like E. coli can travel from the anus to the urethra and bladder, causing infection. UTIs are uncomfortable and, if left untreated, can spread to the kidneys.

Social and Relationship Implications

In addition to health risks, not cleaning after pooping can impact social interactions and relationships:

Unpleasant Odors

Failing to wipe away all fecal matter can lead to lingering odors from the bottom. This can be socially isolating and embarrassing in settings like school, work, or with a romantic partner.

Stains on Clothing

Skid marks and stains on underwear and pants can occur if the area is not properly cleaned. Visible fecal stains are socially unacceptable and unhygienic.

Intimacy Issues

Partners may avoid intimacy or lose interest in sex if poop hygiene is consistently neglected. Lack of cleaning can make the genital area unsanitary and unappealing.

Hygiene Judgment

Poor hygiene practices after pooping, if noticed by others, can lead to negative judgment. People may consider you unclean and gain an overall bad impression.

Proper Post-Poop Hygiene

To avoid the risks of improper cleaning, the following post-poop hygiene tips should be followed:

Wipe Front to Back

Wipe gently with toilet paper from front (urethra) to back (anus) to avoid spreading bacteria to the urethra which can cause UTIs. Repeat wipes with fresh toilet paper until it comes away clean.

Wash Up

After wiping, wash the area with mild soap and warm water. This helps remove any remaining fecal matter and germs from the skin. Make sure to rinse all soap residue.

Dry Thoroughly

Dampness can allow bacteria to thrive, so dry the area well with a clean towel. Change to a fresh towel or paper towels when possible.

Consider Wet Wipes

Wet wipes moistened with cleansing ingredients can help remove stuck-on feces and disinfect the area after pooping. However, don’t flush wipes as they can clog pipes.

Change Underwear Daily

Switch out dirty underwear that may contain fecal residue for a fresh pair daily. Consider wearing cotton underwear to allow breathability.

Practice Hand Hygiene

Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after pooping to prevent the spread of germs.

When to Seek Help

See your doctor if you experience any signs of infection, significant irritation, or other symptoms potentially related to poor hygiene after pooping. Symptoms that warrant medical attention include:

– Fever, chills
– Swelling, redness around the anus
– Anal pain or tenderness
– Itching, rashes, burns
– Painful urination, bloody urine
– Pus/discharge from the anus
– Constipation or diarrhea

Imaging tests or lab cultures may be needed to diagnose an infection. Treatment will depend on the cause but may include antibiotics, medicated ointments, improved hygiene measures, and follow-up care.


Poop naturally contains bacteria that can lead to health problems if left on the skin around the anus. Failing to adequately clean yourself after pooping allows this bacteria to spread, raising your risks of infection, irritation, odor, social awkwardness, relationship issues, and negative judgments of your hygiene. Simple hygiene steps like wiping thoroughly, washing with soap and water, drying completely, and changing underwear can prevent undesirable outcomes. Paying attention to post-poop hygiene is a key part of staying healthy, socially confident, and sexually active. Seek medical care if you experience any symptoms of infection.