Many people avoid going to the doctor because they are embarrassed about the specific body part that may be affected or the symptoms they experience. People are afraid of visiting a doctor, as they feel too uncomfortable with the existing condition to share their actual symptoms; especially in cases where the affected body part is the skin, genitals or breasts. The good news is, you don’t have to be. Doctors are people who have heard and seen everything and, therefore, they are not embarrassed about your condition.
Of course, the human mind is a powerful organ. It makes people fear the worst and not want to live through the ordeal of a doctor’s appointment. However powerful the human mind may be, however, it cannot heal or take away the symptoms and/or underlying condition. No infection or illness will simply disappear without proper treatment. In most cases a condition is more likely to get worse if the appropriate treatment is not received. It is advised that anyone experiencing such symptoms seek immediate, professional assistance from their registered GP. Should you be unable to see your own GP, there are alternative options such as visiting your nearest community health clinic or walk-in doctor.
Common examples of “embarrassing” ailments
The most common cases of reported symptoms and illnesses that are labeled as “embarrassing” are:
– Rashes and Spots
– Erectile dysfunction
– Genital Warts
– Other sexually transmitted infections including Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
– Irritable Bowel Syndrome
– Bad breath
There are several other common conditions that are worth a mention, and I bet that many readers will be able to identify with at least one of them.
Excessive Sweating: While it is true that all of us sweat, excessive sweating could be linked to a medical condition termed “hyperhidrosis”. The treatment thereof is relatively simple. There are several antiperspirants available on the market designed to include high-strength ingredients which effectively combats the condition. In severe cases it may be necessary for a patient to receive medical Botox treatment, which will lend a patient some relief from the condition for up to nine months.
Epidermal Cysts: These are little sacks directly underneath the skin’s top layer that are filled with aged skin cells. Sometimes these sacks break through the top layer of the skin and appear as giant black heads. Many people often do mistake these cysts as a normal black head and then try to pop them, as they would a spot. Subsequently, the patient will see a combination of dead skin cells and puss with a very foul odor. Epidermal cysts are a skin condition, not an average pimple. Visit your doctor as soon as possible as there are several methods in which it can be treated effectively.
Piles: Few of people admit it, but most people experience it. Many people experience no symptoms, but patients with more severe cases of piles may have symptoms including bleeding when passing stools and itching around the anal area. A patient that experiences any of these symptoms should always visit a GP as soon as possible. Although more severe cases may require surgery, there are other alternatives with which piles can be treated in the early stages.
Managing with an embarrassing illness
It is logical behavior to feel embarrassed about certain health concerns, but it is always good to remember that no one is immune to such an ailment and that it can happen to anybody. Doctors will take all steps necessary to help you without judgment. They study healthcare for a long time and are therefore fully qualified to deal with any sensitive matter. All patients also enjoy doctor-patient confidentiality, which means that your specific condition cannot and will not be shared with other individuals.
To book an appointment today with a GP please call Broadgate GP on 020 7638 4330 – Same day appointments available.