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There are many health problems you may suffer throughout your life; there are some are still not talked about and could be considered taboo and could leave you feeling very embarrassed to talk about or even seek help for. It isn’t just the problems’ down there’ which people get embarrassed about, there are plenty of others too, but they are all perfectly normal. Many of these are entirely common issues which if you mentioned to anyone you would actually find that they either suffer the same or know someone who does, people just don’t talk about it as often as they should. So, what are the top problems that you could be suffering in silence when you needn’t be?

Toilet Problems

It has to be included as anything ‘down there’ and related to the toilet is considered embarrassing. Whether it’s a urine infection, constipation or piles, there are many problems which could cause you discomfort and leave you feeling embarrassed. A lot of them can be treated with products over the counter, so if you don’t feel quite ready to go to the doctor, then you could try your pharmacist first. 

Hearing Problems

This one really shouldn’t be embarrassing, but people do get self-conscious of asking people to repeat themselves or they feel isolated when their hearing starts to deteriorate. There are ways of preventing this and managing it though, so it’s definitely worth going to the doctor as soon as you notice any signs of hearing loss. There are simple solutions now such as technology advanced hearing aids which are offering more clarity for the deaf and hard of hearing, making it not such a problem to live with. 

Odour Problems

This one can be embarrassing because you can’t always smell it yourself, but other people can. 

Body odour is often associated with the armpits. However, you can also get it in the groin, anus area, upper thighs, and feet so thoroughly washing your skin with a wet washcloth and soap in those areas which are prone to sweating can help to prevent body odour. You could try using an antiperspirant before you go to bed and even try changing your diet as Sometimes, fatty foods, oils, or strong-smelling foods such as garlic, curry, and onions, can seep through your pores and cause body odour.

Sweating

Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis isn’t life-threatening, but it can threaten your quality of life, and it can be embarrassing. The types of problems it can cause you include frequently having to change clothes because of underarm sweating, avoiding shaking hands with people, missing out on social events due to worrying about sweating, people often experience challenges with romantic relationships and also sometimes have difficulty writing because the pen slips or sweat soaks through ink on the page. Most people never seek help for this problem, but there are over-the-counter antiperspirants which can be applied to the hands and feet, as well as the armpits. A doctor can also prescribe higher-strength, aluminium salt-based antiperspirant, which can be effective.

Mental Health

Thankfully mental health is being talked about more and more today, and people are opening up about how they are feeling. However, people are still embarrassed about suffering from depression or anxiety and worry that it makes them weak, they fear they are not entitled to feel this way, or they don’t know how to tell people. Everyone has mental health, though and just like physical health; it can sometimes be a problem for you. There are things you can do to help though such as changing your diet, exercising, writing down your thoughts, meditating or speaking to a doctor. 

Itching

There are many things that can cause itching and it can be embarrassing if you feel like you’re scratching yourself all the time. It could be caused by something as simple as the clothes you are wearing or the washing powder you’re using, but it could also be a symptom of something more serious, like a rash or an illness. Start with simple solutions such as trying a different fabric, take care of your skin, and avoid anything that seems to trigger the itch. If that doesn’t help, ask your doctor, who will check on the cause and the treatment you need.

Excessive Hair Growth

Excessive hair growth can be particularly embarrassing for women. It is known as Hirsutism and is often caused by genes, hormones, or medication. If you have more facial or body hair than you want, there are a number of ways you can remove it. For example, if you are overweight, then if you lose some weight, your body should make fewer male hormones, so you should grow less hair on your face or body. You can also remove unwanted hair easily with a razor, hair removal cream, waxing or threading. 

Acne

People can get very embarrassed about their skin and suffering from acne, especially as they get older and realise that it isn’t just a teenage problem and you can still suffer from it during adulthood. It makes people feel self-conscious about the way they look; it makes people worry that others think they are dirty. However, it can be caused by a number of things, including your hormones, stress, pollution, using the wrong products or eating certain foods. If you are suffering, then it is worth trying to change these things first before asking for medication from the doctor as it could be something really simple that will clear it up. 

Forgetting Things

Chances are as you get older you start forgetting things more often. You don’t need to worry; these small memory lapses happen to everyone and are a normal part of ageing. If you are concerned, then you can write yourself some notes, make sure you place things like your keys in the same place each day and play brain training games, word games or do crossword puzzles to keep your brain working. Don’t be embarrassed though, it happens to everyone and can happen at any age.