Five Questions You Should Never Be Embarrassed To Ask Your Doctor

It’s better to confide in your doctor than be too afraid to ask questions about your health.

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Ever find yourself face-to-face with your doctor only to be too uncomfortable to ask an embarrassing question? Don’t let embarrassment get the better of you; chances are your doctor has heard it before. Plus, when it comes to your health and wellbeing, no question should be too embarrassing to ask, even these:

1. What’s this rash?rash, even if it’s in a spot you typically wouldn’t show someone, should be looked at by your doctor. A rash could be the result of any number of things including an allergy, an infection or a virus.

2. What’s the cause of my itch? Itching, whether caused by hemorrhoidsjock itchyeast infection or other condition is not only uncomfortable, but worthy of concern.

3. What’s that smell? An unpleasant odor, whether bad breath, an oozing sore or other such ailment can be a sign of something more serious. Sometimes the smell is a side effect of an infection or disease.

4. Why is there blood in my stool? Any significant changes in bowel movements, including blood in your stool, should be communicated to your doctor. A symptom such as this can be a sign of hemorrhoids or even colorectal cancer.

5. Why is my libido lacking? Among other things, a waning sex drive can be a side effect of medication, a symptom of menopause or a sign of an underlying problem such as sleep apnea.

Sometimes the embarrassing questions are the most important questions to ask. They may have simple solutions or be the beginning of getting to the root of a more serious issue. If you have any health-related questions, even embarrassing ones, talk with your doctor. If you need to find a doctor, use our online Find a Physician service or call our Physician Referral Line at 1-855-665-TCMP (8627).

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