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We rounded up some brave people who were kind enough to tell us what their most embarrassing health question is, so you don’t have to. The questions we received were interesting to say the least—but hey, we don’t judge.

Question 1: Issy, female, 21.

“What’s the best way to clear ear wax? I’m worries that Q-Tips are harmful, but I need to clean my ears or else I’ll get a lot of build-up.”

Earwax is important, it serves the function of preventing bacteria and debris from entering our ear canal. Earwax falls out naturally, but if you are someone who produces more earwax than others, there are ways to treat it.

But first of all, Q-Tips will actually do the opposite of what you want. Putting objects like Q-Tips or even your fingers in your ears will push the earwax further into your ear canal, making the build-up worse.

Best ways of getting rid of earwax build-up:

  1. Soften the wax by putting two drops of oil (olive or almond) in your ear. In a few days, the wax will begin to fall out.
  2. Flush out the build-up with warm water. Fill up a syringe with the warm water and squirt it into the ear until the wax drains out.
  3. Mix equal parts of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Tilt your head and pour the contents into your ear and wait for several minutes. After you are done waiting, tilt your head in the opposite direction and you will see the wax drain out.

If these methods don’t work and your ear is still blocked, you can go to the doctor and get the earwax removed professionally.

Question 2: Craig, male, 25.

“Ever since I’ve been on anti-depressant medication, it’s been difficult for me to maintain an erection. Is that normal?” Yes. One of the most common side effects of taking anti-depressants is a decrease in libido. For men, this results in difficulty getting or maintaining an erection.

The reason for this is simple. Anti-depressant medications are SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which is a drug that affects basic human functions, such as, eating, sleeping, mood, sex, and memory.

Anti-depressants raise the serotonin levels in the body, resulting in a feeling of calm. When we are in this state of calm, our libidos are lowered because the certain hormones that react to sex are not transmitted to our brains. When our brain doesn’t receive these hormones, our sexual interest decreases.

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Question 3: Harriet, female, 49.

“How much wind is normal in a day? My boyfriend doesn’t like me passing wind and I find it difficult to hold in—is that dangerous?”

Holding in a fart doesn’t do anything to your health, but it will come out at one point or another—so you might as well let it rip!

Everyone farts. In a day, the average person expels about 0.5- 1.5 litres of gas—an average of 5-20 farts. So, if you may feel like you’re passing a lot of gas, just know that it’s normal.

The reason you may be expelling more gas than normal is because:

  1. You’re swallowing too much air.
  2. You’re eating foods that are difficult to digest.
  3. You drink too many carbonated beverages.
  4. You’re constipated.
  5. You’ve eaten too many sweets.
  6. You could be lactose intolerant.

See your doctor if you are constantly constipated, your stomach is painful from bloating, or you have diarrhoea, as that may be an indication of a more serious health issue.

Question 4: Zac, male, 22.

“I have a pea sized sort of growth on my scrotum that when I squeeze sometimes, I can get puss out of it. Is it a cyst or a warning of something worse?” What you are describing is an epididymal cyst. Epididymal cysts are quite common in men—about one in six men have them.

They are tiny growths that appear on a man’s testicles and are usually filled with fluid. That being said, treatment is not necessary, and they will usually go away on their own. If your cyst is too big or you start feeling pain, it can be removed surgically.

It’s when these cysts are infected that they can cause some complications. If a cyst becomes infected, bacteria will start building inside. It’s then that you must get your cyst drained professionally, as well as get it treated with antibiotics.

Question 5: Tegan, female, 15.

“Why do my feet smell?”

The most common reason your feet smell is because they’re sweating. Didn’t know your feet could sweat?

Well, your feet and hands have more sweat glands than anywhere else on your body. So, unlike the rest of your body, where you sweat from exercise or hot temperatures, your feet always sweat. Good news is that your smelly feet are treatable.

Causes of smelly feet:

  1. You wear the same shoes every day or re-use the same socks.
  2. Hormonal changes.
  3. You don’t wash your feet.
  4. Stress.

Ways to help freshen those trotters:

  1. Spray deodorant on your feet.
  2. Take regular showers.
  3. Exfoliate your feet.
  4. Wash your shoes.
  5. Wear fresh socks.

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Disclaimer: We are in no wway medical professionals. If you feel like you have a serious health concern, see your doctor or call 111.