The human body is the most amazing and complex system imaginable, but it can encounter faults from time to time. Minor issues like flu and broken bones are commonly accepted as normal parts of life. Sadly, other conditions can encourage feelings of embarrassment and shame. As such, many sufferers try to ignore those problems or deal with them in private. Those actions are understandable, but it’s probably the worst thing you could do.
Issues that are perceived to be embarrassing can cover a wide range of bodily functions. Here are some of the most common problems that people face in silence. If you’ve noticed the symptoms related to any of the items below, now is the time to embrace the help that’s available.
#1. Depression & Anxiety
Physical conditions can be a little embarrassing, but it’s mental health issues that most people keep locked to themselves. Sadly, this is the worst thing you can do, not least because it encourages you to ignore the impact and danger they are causing.
There are many forms of depression and anxiety, but you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are many tricks to fighting back against mental health problems, but admitting an issue is the first breakthrough. Once you’ve opened up, seeking professional help or support from other sufferers becomes far easier.
The social stigma has largely vacated while our understanding is greater too. As such, guilt and embarrassment are the last things you should feel. Not least because they’ll hold you back from gaining the right treatment.
#2. Poor Sight
Take a walk through your local shopping mall, and you’ll see dozens of people wearing glasses. However, the fact of the matter is that there should probably be hundreds. Millions of people ignore the medical advice of wearing eyeglasses and miss out on the beauty of this world as a result. Frankly, self-consciousness and worries about image are the only possible explanation.
There’s nothing to be embarrassed about in terms of the health issue. As for appearances, it’s about finding the right solution for your face. If you still can’t get on with those solutions, contact lenses are available. Some people even get laser treatments to correct their vision completely. With the latter option, though, you must be aware of the potential repercussions if it goes wrong.
Whatever way you look at things, doing it with clarity is the only answer. If you don’t, your sight could become a whole lot worse. Essentially, a little acceptance is crucial.
#3. Bad Hearing
Along with sight, hearing is a major blessing that we often take for granted until a problem surfaces. While hearing loss is quite common among senior citizens, it can be far more embarrassing when it strikes during your younger years. After all, nobody in their 20s or 30s wants to be the person wearing a hearing aid. Not least if it feels seemingly avoidable. Sadly, ignoring the early signs could result in complete hearing loss later on.
Hearing loss is usually a gradual issue, but it can be caused by many issues. It’s very possible that those troubles are due to putting your ears in bad situations. If you work in music, with machinery, or in an airfield, ear protection is vital. Earmuffs and earplugs are available in many shapes while you can also have them customized to suit your ears. They may also be used for blocking out water when swimming.
It’s also possible that there’s a blockage in the ear, which could be cleared by a doctor or audiologist. While you can notice a problem, it’s hard to know the severity until you’ve been properly tested. Now is the time to seek that expert support.
The harsh reality of modern life in the western world is that obesity is one of the most likely problems to affect you and your family. Moreover, it is the most visible health condition to outsiders while society deems that you should feel ashamed. Frankly, shame is a little too far, but it doesn’t change the fact that a solution is necessary.
Working out in front of other people at the gym can be embarrassing at the best of times, and is infinitely worse when you’re big. Thankfully, classes aimed solely at people looking to lose weight are available. In addition to removing that sense of unease and self-consciousness, it provides a network of people in similar situations. This group support can be integral to your transformation.
There’s nothing wrong with embracing curves while nobody needs to be stick thin either. Still, reducing your BMI so that there is less pressure on the organs is key. And now is the time to do it.
#5. Sexual Health Issues
Sex is a natural part of human life, but suffering problems as a direct result of it can leave you feeling rather awkward. It shouldn’t, though, because we all partake in it. More importantly, STIs and other conditions are no way linked to being ‘easy’ or promiscuous. In many cases, it can take just one unprotected encounter (or sometimes even protected) to contract a problem.
When those symptoms show, you won’t exactly want to start telling everyone in the office. Nonetheless, seeking professional support from a medical expert should be high on the agenda. After all, sex is often just one of several potential reasons for a problem. Likewise, the solutions can change. Urinary tract infection treatment can vary depending on the source of your problems. This is just one more reason why you must get checked out.
Ignoring the issue will make symptoms worse and could potentially lead to even greater problems. Aside from the health repercussions, dealing with those worse situations will be far more embarrassing. Immediate action is essential.
#6. Skin Irritations
Skin irritations can take many forms. Eczema, blotching, redness, and rashes are just some of the examples. Most people suffering from those issues choose to simply cover up that part of the body, especially if it’s on the arms or legs. However, you cannot fall into the trap of thinking ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Finding a genuine solution to managing the issue is key.
Dermatologists can help with these issues with various creams and medications. Perhaps the more commonly embarrassing issue, however, relates to dandruff. Those white flakes can be difficult to hide, and there’s nothing worse than having it pointed out by a colleague or friend. Again, treating the issue is the only way to beat it. Ignoring it or trying to take extra care as to avoid it showing won’t work.
It’s natural to worry about the worst possibility, such as cancer, which may lead you to ignore the issue. In truth, it’s likely to be something far less dangerous or life-changing. And even if it is the outcome you don’t want to hear, early detection gives you the best chances of a speedy recovery.
Another embarrassing issue that relates to the skin comes via sweating. Everybody sweats as this is a natural human mechanism that cools us during exercise and helps flush toxins from the body. But while a little sweat is normal, a lot of it can be humiliating.
In truth, you’re probably more aware of the situation than anybody else. Still, this doesn’t make it any less embarrassing, and you probably try to hide it as a result. Sweatbands and other toweling resources can be great for the immediate control. As for the long-term, however, there needs to be a better solution.
Diagnosing the source of hyperhidrosis will put you on the right track. Treatments including iontophoresis can reduce the sweat while severe cases can need surgery. Whatever the solution to your case might be, you won’t find it by keeping the issue locked up.
Passing wind is a natural part of daily life, and everybody does it. Social conventions mean that accidentally doing it in public can make you go a little red, but this isn’t a major issue. However, when you suffer from more severe flatulence, the embarrassment can be extreme. In turn, this can ruin your confidence at work, on dates, and with friends.
Some people naturally produce worse smelling gas than others, but there could be a reason behind yours. It’s very rare for those issues to be linked to anything truly harmful. Instead, it’s most likely to be linked to food. Getting checked for food intolerances and allergies will often lead to a diagnosis. Whether it be IBS or something else, this knowledge can help manage the problem.
This won’t stop you from farting period, but it will help curb the embarrassing situations. In truth, restoring normality in this manner is all you could ever ask for.
The Final Word
Life is the greatest gift of all, and keeping the body in the best possible health is the only way we can enjoy it to the max. Unfortunately, some problems can’t be completely fixed, and it may cause difficulties for life. However, the least you can do is seek the necessary support to give yourself the best chance of managing those situations in style.
Frankly, no sense of perceived embarrassment can change that fact either. Besides, however lonely you may feel right now, there are plenty of others in a similar situation.
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