At some point in our lives, most of us had to deal with embarrassing health problems as we become conscious with our everyday interactions with other people, especially those we care about.
More often, because of these health problems, we get insecure and of course get embarrassed when people talk about it behind our backs.
Here are five health problems we avoid talking about, and what can be done to remedy or at least manage them.
Although sweating is a normal reaction when your body’s working harder and needs to cool itself down, hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating even in a cool temperature or when at rest can be embarrassing.
Hyperhidrosis is a problem with people who have overactive sweat glands, and is also common in people who are overweight or out of shape. This can also be a symptom of people with medical issues like thyroid problems, diabetes, infection, anxiety, heart disease, menopause or cancer.
“There are natural variations in how people sweat, just as there are variations in other bodily functions,” says Dee Anna Glaser, MD, and president of the International Hyperhidrosis Society. “Some people start sweating more easily than others.”
Excessive sweating can be remedied by regularly using antiperspirants especially those that contain aluminum chloride.
This can also be treated by undergoing an FDA-approved procedure called Lontophoresis which uses electricity to temporarily turn off the sweat glands. Skin cracking and blisters are the reported side effects, although very rare.
Botox injections can also help excessive sweating. Small doses of Botox can be injected to block then nerves that trigger sweat glands; but is only advisable to certain parts of the body.
Persistent bad breath
Bad breath or halitosis is a common problem that can affect anyone at any age. Although this is mainly caused by poor oral hygiene, halitosis can also be caused by the kind of food you eat, smelly secretions from your nasal passages, tonsil stones, and stomach problems.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily is highly recommended; as well as regular visit to the dentist for cleaning.
If bad breath persists, a saline nasal wash can be used especially those people with sinus infections.
Too much pressure on the veins in the pelvic and rectal area causes hemorrhoids. Veins begin to swell inside the anal canal to form internal hemorrhoids. Or they can swell near the opening of the anus to form external hemorrhoids.
You can have both types at the same time. The symptoms and treatment depend on which type you have.
Symptoms often include anal itching, pain during bowel movements, anal ache or pain, and bright red blood found on the stool, toilet paper or in the toilet bowl.
Over the counter products like ointments, creams or suppositories may help mild symptoms of hemorrhoids. But for persistent bleeding or painful hemorrhoids, minor outpatient procedure can be done by the doctors.
Peeing during Sex
This may not be a problem for men, but women can embarrassingly pee during sex.
Men are gifted with bladder valve that closes during sex, thus preventing semen to go through the urethra from travelling up to the bladder and stops urine from mixing with the semen.
Unfortunately, women don’t have that valve.
Usually misinterpreted by women as female ejaculation, it is actually called peeing during sex.
“It’s possible for women to pee during sex,” said Dr. Elisa Ross, a gynecologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “The bladder sits in your pelvis, so as women age, the bladder can sag a little, making it possible to pee a little during sex.”
Weak pelvic muscles let the bladder sag out of position, which may stretch the opening to the urethra, allowing for urine to leak out, Ross explained.
She also noted that the controversial G-spot, a small bundle of nerves found deep within the wall of the vagina that contributes to orgasms, is believed to be located near the bladder neck, which could make a woman feel the urge to pee during sex, especially if she has an irritable bladder.
“The best thing to do when something like this occurs is to talk about it,” said Bean Robinson, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sexual Health.
“Sex is messy anyway, so just be prepared for it.”
Vaginal fart or the release of air from the vagina is more common than you think. And since it is very embarrassing, people are too afraid to talk about it.
This can happen while exercising, during sex or sudden movements like getting out of a chair. The vaginal walls expand, pulling in lots of air. When it collapses back down, the air gets expelled and creates a fart-like sound. Vaginal farts are usually odorless.
To get rid of them, performing exercises like squats or Kegel exercises can strengthen the pelvic muscles and help keep the vaginal walls from expanding.
Increasing lubrication, or using a different angle during sex may also help; but talking to your partner before engaging in sex is the best option.
Sex isn’t civilized or controlled anyway, so physical things could happen!