When things go wrong with our bodies, it can be pretty embarrassing. And while the doctor will have heard it all before, so many of us suffer in silence because we just can’t bring ourselves to admit the problem! But looking after yourself is so important, you only ever get one body, and the way you care for it will determine how happy and healthy you are in your life. Here are some embarrassing problems you might come up against- and how to deal with them!
Whether it’s athlete’s foot, thrush or a skin infection, yeast infections can cause a lot of irritation and aren’t exactly the kind of thing you want to shout from the rooftops about. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of candida which is a type of fungus, your exact symptoms will depend on where on your body you have the infection, but itching and burning sensations are common. Yeast infections are incredibly common, while this fungus is usually kept under control by our bodies it can thrive in places that get warm and moist meaning just about everyone is susceptible to the odd one now and again, which is nothing to worry about. Any chemist will sell anti fungal cream or tablets, and it can safely be treated at home. If you find you get recurrent infections however it could be a sign that something isn’t quite right in your body. Because yeast thrives on sugar, cutting back or eliminating this in your diet could help the infections. It could also be worth getting tested for diabetes. Sugars aren’t used properly by the body in uncontrolled diabetes, leading to blood sugar spikes. The symptoms of type two diabetes are quite subtle in the beginning, these and the kinds of signs to keep an eye out for so your GP can test you.
Gas and Bloating
Excess gas and painful bloating isn’t a normal side effect of food, and if this is something you’re experiencing on a regular basis, it isn’t something you have to live with. It’s a sure sign that either something you’re consuming doesn’t agree with you- allergies, intolerances, and IBS are common causes. Your best bet to start off with would be to keep a food diary. Keep a note of every single meal, snack and drink to pass your lips, and also keep track of your symptoms. After a couple of weeks it might be obvious just from looking at it what’s causing your symptoms, and from there you can exclude these things from your diet. But even if it’s not as obvious, having a food diary is useful for you to take to the doctor. You might be referred to an allergy/ intolerance specialist who will need to see the things you’re currently eating. You’re likely to be put on a special diet and gradually introduce new things to find the cause. It can be time-consuming, but if your digestive issues are affecting your life, it’s so worth finding out the cause.
Contraception methods these days are excellent, but they’re not 100% effective. If you’re unlucky enough to be in the small percentage it fails for, you might be wondering what to do next. You have two considerations to think about, diseases and unwanted pregnancy. The morning after pill can be useful for preventing pregnancy if taken within seventy-two hours (but the sooner, the better). If you’re worried about disease, a full sexual health screening will put your mind at ease. If you’ve been contacted by a past partner letting you know they have tested positive, you can buy treatment for certain afflictions online. The safest form of contraception is to use a barrier method, along with a hormone method such as the pill, implant, injection or IUD.
Balding in men is very common, in fact by the age of thirty-five the majority of men have some degree of hair loss. This is due to hormones in the body, which can cause the follicles on the crown of the head to shrink and no longer be able to sustain hair growth. There are actually very good treatments these days to reverse or at least delay balding in men from topical treatments to tablets- hair transplants can be useful too. Because the hormones only affect the follicles on top of the head, hair can be taken from around the back and sides for an even appearance. However, in women, it’s not so easy. Hair transplants are rarely an option because the hair is lost evenly from all over the head. This means that you would simply be transplanting from one sparse area to another. Conditions like alopecia can be the cause (this affects both men and women) sometimes mineral deficiencies can be to blame too. If you lack in nutrients due to conditions like anemia or because you have eating disorders it can cause big problems for the hair. Your best bet would be to speak to a trichologist who will be able to determine the cause, and advise you on the best course of action. Making changes in your diet and taking vitamin tablets is no bad thing either.
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