Pharmacy Outlet has surveyed more than 2,000 UK adults to uncover the illnesses and ailments they are too embarrassed to see a pharmacist, GP or doctor about. The findings reveal a nation that is turning a blind eye to potentially grave symptoms, choosing to suffer in silence instead of seeking medical help. The important insights have struck a chord with Brits and have since been featured in the country’s most prominent newspapers, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and The Express.
We found that a massive 63% of UK adults said they have suffered from constipation and diarrhoea, but two thirds (66%) did not visit a medical professional about this issue – that equates to a collection of 21.35 million people across the country who have left constipation or diarrhoea untreated.
Piles and worms are also often ignored; 29% of Brits said they have suffered from piles, with almost half (46%) of these sufferers never getting the condition seen to. Furthermore, over half (51%) of UK adults who have had worms said they did not seek any medical advice for the problem – this figure rises to 63% among those aged between 18 and 34. Furthermore, incontinence – a problem that 20% of UK adults (10.26 million people) suffer from – is commonly being left untreated. A worrying 54% of sufferers said they had never sought medical treatment or advice about this issue.
While many of these ailments might at first appear innocuous, they can still cause high levels of discomfort and pain. Moreover, many of these illnesses can in fact be indicative of more serious conditions that must be treated.
Luckily, for those who are too embarrassed to get these common problems treated, Pharmacy Outlet can provide a wide range of medicines online. What’s more, Pharmacy Outlet – in association with PharmaDoctor – can help you get treatment for embarrassing illnesses online, meaning that no one has to leave ailments untreated.
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Constipation and diarrhoea - 63 per cent said they had suffered from the condition, but 66 per cent of that total did not seek help
Both conditions can be a sign of something more serious, including bowel cancer, hence the need to check your symptoms with your doctor.
Constipation can affect people of all ages.
It can be caused by not eating enough fibre, not drinking enough fluids, anxiety or depression and is a side effect of some medications.
- Incontinence - 20 per cent of those polled said they suffered from a weak bladder, but just 54 per cent went for help
There are also a host of incontinence products that can help, and medication that can help manage symptoms.
- Worms - 12 per cent said that had previously had worms, but 51 per cent refused to see a doctor or a chemist about it
Mebendazole is the main medication used to treat threadworm infections. It can be bought over the counter from your local pharmacy or prescribed by your GP. It's available as a chewable tablet or a liquid. Mebendazole works by preventing the threadworms absorbing sugar, which means they should die within a few days.
- Acne - A total of 28 per cent said they had had the condition, but 49 per cent said they didn't seek treatment
While acne can’t be cured, it can be treated – and there are lots of different options.
- Piles - 29 per cent of those asked said they suffered from piles, but just 46 per cent had seen a doctor
You might have piles or haemorrhoids if you have lumps around your anus, bright red blood in your stools, pain when going for a number two and an itchy bottom.They will typically go away after a few days.
The pharmacist can give advice about the best treatment.
- Warts and verrucas - A total of 38 per cent said they suffered from the condition, but just 42 per cent bothered to get them treated
Warts are small lumps that develop on the skin, while verrucas are a type of wart that affect the feet.
Most will eventually clear up without treatment, but over-the-counter creams, gels and cold sprays can help banish them faster.
- Irritable bowel syndrome - 27 per cent said they either suffered from or had previously suffered from IBS, but just 41 per cent sought help
While there is no cure, there are diet and lifestyle changes as well as medications that can help ease the condition.
- Thrush - 32 per cent of Brits said they had had thrush, but just 32 per cent had it diagnosed by a doc
In most cases the yeast infection is easy to treat, with help from your pharmacists and over-the-counter medications.
- Cystitis - A total of 29 per cent of Brits said they had suffered from the uncomfortable condition, but just 31 per cent got help from a medical professional.
The agonising infection causes pain, burning and stinging when you pee. And to top it off you need to pee what feels like all the time. If left untreated cystitis can lead to serious kidney infection.