The 3 most embarrassing skin consultations MEN hate coming to the doctors for.
We ask our Taylor Clinic skin doctors what men avoid talking about the most! Here’s what they had to say.
Men are notorious for their reluctance seeing Doctors, right?
They avoid making appointments, prefer waiting until the last moment or until their medical issue turns into a total catastrophe. Remind you of anyone ??
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Let’s get skin educated this month and tour 3 most-embarrassing-problems-Doc and how our Doctors help fix them.
1. Warts - found in the wrong places
Warts are common problems and caused by a virus called the HPV virus. There are many types of warts including plantar warts, flat warts and genital warts! 😱
“A typical consultation making men sweat, is the male presenting with genital warts for the first time” says Dr Suzie.
Genital Warts require the attention of a Doctor as they are sexually transmissible and have potential health implications for partners.
How warts are treated today.
Warts these days have many different treatments available. Warts can be stubborn, so you may need to use more than one type of treatment. You can;
• Do nothing and just ignore.
About 65 per cent of warts clear up by themselves within two years, without any medical intervention. However, this ‘wait and see’ approach isn’t recommended for people with multiple warts, or for those who have had their warts for more than two years or are located in genital regions.
• Compounded creams.
Chemicals including salicylic acid for instance can clear warts over months
• Doctors prescriptions.
An immune system stimulator – such as imiquimod – can be used for genital warts. It stimulates the immune system to fight the viral infection and are prescribed by Doctors
• An Oldie but a goodie.
Cryotherapy or liquid nitrogen can freeze warts . Regular crytoherapy can take up to 4months to clear a wart.
Laser therapy – a laser is used to burn off the warts.
2. Hairy problems
While Shavers rash is common for women in pubic areas and legs, men suffer similarly with shavers rash around the beard “folliculitis Barbarae”.
“Where ever there is hair, particularly if its curly and coarse these can potentially become ingrown and then infected with skin bacteria like Staph Aureus causing boils or tender red bumps. Unfortunately, for some men, these hairy complications occur in unwanted areas like the buttocks and can be rather uncomfortable.”
While folliculitis can be mild and not require any treatments, sometimes these hairy infections may need topical or oral antibiotics. Those with recurrent problems may even require looking at lasers and laser hair removal to prevent these issues.
3. The legacy of acne and scars
Acne is hard enough to deal with but many men are unaware there are effective treatments to manage scars.
Bacne or Back Acne can be a total summer-wrecker for many men.
“People do not have to be scarred by the legacy of acne. There are different types of scars such as hypertrophic scars, ice-pick scars or even keloid scars. Doctors have many tools to manage scars, from cortisone injections, to topical medications to laser treatments which can potentially resurface the skin. Many patients do not even know that some of these laser treatments are medicare rebateable.”