The resulting health issues caused by homelessness

September 10, 2018

Throughout the past couple of decades, there has been a lot of research conducted in regards to the overall relationship between homelessness and general health. In one way, experiencing homelessness is something that can lead to all sorts of various health issues, while in another way, there are also some similar issues that can cause someone to end up becoming homeless.

Here are three of the most common health issues that homeless people generally tend to face.

Hunger

Hunger is something that can often be hard to recognize as being an actual issue; however, poor nutrition is something that can lead to a number of different chronic conditions as time goes on, such as weakness and fatigue.

Dental Issues

Oral health is something that can also be greatly affected by homelessness as well. Not having access to simple items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste is something that a lot of homeless people tend to face, and unfortunately, this can end up leading to issues such as tooth decay and other types of oral health issues.

Bruises/Burns/Cuts

Many homeless people can end up suffering injuries such as falls or being hit by a car, as well as injuries related to drug and/or alcohol use. Inclement weather conditions can also lead to injuries as well, especially thanks to hypothermia and frostbite in cold weather, and heatstroke and severe sunburn in hot weather.

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