Embarrassing symptoms you should never ignore

I know that the last thing you want to do is visit your physician when you’re dealing with an ‘embarrassing’ issue like a bad smell or a problem in the trouser department, but there are some embarrassing symptoms that you really shouldn’t ignore if you want to take good care of your health.

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Here are some of the most troubling symptoms that you should have checked out when you notice them.

AN UNUSUAL ODOR

If you have a hard time even saying the word ‘vagina’, visiting the doctor with an unusual odor ‘down there’ is probably the last thing you want to complicate, but an abnormal smell could mean that your vagina’s natural balance has been disturbed and that there is an overgrowth of the wrong kind of bacteria down there.

Although this is unlikely to be life-threatening, you really do need to bite the bullet and get it sorted out, because it can become very painful, itchy and even more embarrassing if you just leave it be, and there’s a slight chance that if you’re pregnant, it could cause an early birth or other issues. Once you’ve seen a professional, a dose of antibiotics, you’ll be back to your old self in a week or two.

PAINFUL BOWEL MOVEMENTS

Yes, I know, anything to do with the butt and your doctor is embarrassing, if not downright scary, but if you’re experiencing pain when you poop, you’ve noticed blood in the stool or you feel no relief after going to the toilet, it could be a sign of colorectal cancer. Of course, most of these symptoms are much more likely to be caused by hemorrhoids, fissures or any number of other minor, issues, but if it is something serious, and you leave it unchecked, you could actually put your life at threat.

When you see a doctor, they’ll do various tests to rule out cancer, and if you are found to have a problem, you’ll either need surgery, treatment or both. You can find out more about colorectal issues, including colorectal surgery recovery time here if you want to know more about the issues and why seeking treatment is nothing to worry about.

CHANGES TO THE NIPPLES

No one exactly relishes popping their nipples out for the doctor to inspect, but if you’ve noticed that the skin near your nipples has changed, your nipples are leaking, or they’ve inverted, then you need to schedule a trip to the doctor’s office.

Nipple changes could be an indication of several things, including kidney and thyroid problems, osteoporosis and breast cancer, so you really do need to have them checked out if you want to get back to good health, avoid the spread of disease, organ failure or even infertility.

LACK OF LIBIDO

Talking about your sexual problems with your doctor probably isn’t your idea of fun, but if you want to enjoy a full sex life again, and if you want to rule out serious health conditions like prostate cancer, hormonal imbalances, and depression, you’re just going to have to suck it up and make an appointment.

Whatever your problem, you can guarantee your doctor has seen it a million times before and they won’t even blink when you let it all out.

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A registered nurse, “Ching” – as many fondly call Rachelle Grace – believes that a holistic approach to health and wellness is what everyone should aim for. She is, therefore, always on the lookout for what could help achieve this. And yes, she shares them openly, believing “knowledge about what works won’t be much use if it’s not known by as many as possible”.

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