Embarrassing Medical Questions Answered

5 Eyewitness News Health Expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou joined us to answer embarrassing medical questions.

Smelly Gas To fart is human. People break wind an average of 14 times a day, But sometimes your farts smell TOXIC! 99% of gas is odorless…but when it isn’t… Most common culprits:

  • High fiber foods: cabbage, broccoli, asparagus
  • Sulfur containing foods: GARLIC, meat, fish, eggs
  • Food intolerance: lactose, gluten

What might help:

  • Probiotic foods
  • Avoid carbonated drinks
  • Limit gas-producing foods

Sweaty Underarms 3-5% of people sweat an abnormal amount. And a lot more people THINK they sweat too much. But why? It’s very common and not a sign of something abnormal. But can cause some serious embarrassment. Normal sweat glands but could be hyperactive response to any level of stress. How to deal with it:

  • Antiperspirants
  • Aluminum-based; they form a plug
  • Higher concentration of aluminum…more effective.
  • Pick “CLINICAL STRENGTH”
  • Prescription antiperspirants
  • Botox Injections–for severe/bothersome sweating

Hair Thinning 40% of women begin to notice hair loss by age 40 and 40% of men begin to have visible hair loss by age 35. Can be a sign of medical condition (lupus, anemia, thyroid disorder) More often its “normal” — genetic; due to hormonal shifts that occur with age. What you can do:

  • Decrease/limit amount of heat styling
  • Use Minoxidil (Rogaine) or Toppik Hair Fibers
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