Top 5 Health Problems Men Should Not Ignore
5 Health Problems Men Should not Ignore
For many men visiting a doctor just isn’t something they find easy to do. Often, when they find a problem they ignore it.
A visit to the doctors doesn’t have to be embarrassing, doctors see all kinds of conditions on a regular basis. Wouldn’t you rather swallow your pride and know your healthy than find out too late?
The following conditions need to be treated by a doctor as soon as they are discovered:
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection. Erectile dysfunction is a very common condition, particularly in older men. It is estimated that half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 will have it to some degree. Seeing your GP doesn’t have to embarrassing. it is important to see your doctor if you have erectile dysfunction for more than a few weeks. They will assess your overall health because the condition can be the first sign of underlying health conditions, such as heart disease (when the heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted).
Moles are small coloured spots on the skin made up of cells called melanocytes, which produce the colour (pigment) in your skin
Types of moles
There are many different types of moles, the most common are:
- junctional melanocytic naevi – these are usually brown, round and flat
- dermal melanocytic naevi – these are usually raised, pale and sometimes hairy
- compound melanocytic naevi – these are usually raised above the skin, light brown and sometimes hairy
Rarer types of moles include:
- halo naevi – moles surrounded by a white ring where the skin has lost its colour
- dysplastic or atypical naevi (also known as Clark naevi) – unusual looking and slightly larger moles that can be a range of colours and either flat or bumpy
- blue naevi – dark blue moles
Normally moles are nothing to worry about. But you should be checking your moles on a regular basis to see if there are any changes. Look out for:
- moles with uneven colouring – most moles only have one or two colours, but melanomas have lots of different shades
- moles with an uneven or ragged edge – moles are usually circular or oval with a smooth border
- bleeding, itching, red, inflamed (swollen) or crusty moles
- moles that get a lot bigger – most moles are no bigger than the width of a pencil
Lump on testicles
Lumps and swellings in the testicles are a relatively common symptom in boys and men, and can have a number of different causes.
A sudden and severely painful swelling in one of your testicles can be a sign of a condition called testicular torsion, which is where the blood supply to a testicle is interrupted. You should visit your GP when you notice any changes to your testicles, such as lumps, swelling or pain.
our GP will ask you about your symptoms and examine your testicles to try to identify the cause of the problem. In some cases you may be referred for further tests, such as an ultrasound scan of your scrotum, to confirm a diagnosis.
If you experience sudden or severe pain in your testicles, it’s important to contact your GP immediately or visit your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department as soon as possible because urgent treatment may be required.
Many men hate talking about their feelings because it makes them feel exposed. But if a mate is under stress or feeling depressed, it will help if he talks about it.
A number of things can trigger depression, such as a break up, bullying or substance abuse.
So how can you spot if your mate is depressed?
1. Does he seem moody?
Men often disguise bigger, personal problems by complaining about life’s little nuisances. If he’s going on and on about the weather or last night’s TV, and if you’re worried about him already, it could be a sign that something deeper is wrong.
2. Has his routine changed?
Is he missing football when he used to be on the pitch every Sunday? Has he stopped coming out to the pub or suddenly started going clubbing three times a week? Radical changes in behaviour are often a sign that something’s up.
3. Is he acting strangely?
See how he talks to other people. Does he snap at co-workers? Has he suddenly become more shy or more confident? Is he drinking much more than he normally does?
Getting help. If the person you’re worried about expresses suicidal feelings, contact a GP or NHS 111. You can also contact Samaritans (08457 90 90 90) for confidential support and advice.
Prostate enlargement is a very common condition associated with ageing. An enlarged prostate can put pressure on the Urethra which can affect your urination.
Signs of an enlarged prostate can include:
- difficulty starting or stopping urinating
- a weak flow of urine
- straining when peeing
- feeling like you’re not able to fully empty your bladder
- prolonged dribbling after you’ve finished peeing
- needing to pee more frequently or more suddenly
- waking up frequently during the night to pee
See your GP if you notice any problems with, or changes to, your usual pattern of urination.
Simple measures such as reducing the amount you drink (especially tea, coffee and alcohol) before bed can sometimes help control the symptoms. Medication can help reduce the size of your prostate and relax the muscles of your bladder.