GP and patientA survey of nearly 2,000 adults by PharmacyOutlet.co.uk has revealed that many Brits are refusing to seek medical advice for many common, but potentially embarrassing, problems.

The research revealed that common problems such as snoring, smelly feet, bad breath, erectile dysfunction and flatulence top the list of medical issues that Britain’s couples have to deal with as people refuse to seek professional help.

The online pharmacist commissioned an independent, nationally-representative survey of over 2,000 UK adults. It found that 18% of Brits admitted to suffering from bad breath, with a staggering 80% of sufferers leaving it untreated – this means that across the nation, 7.39 million people are living with bad breath yet doing nothing about it.

Furthermore, a third (34%) of Brits said they snore, with more men (43%) than woman (25%) stating that they suffer from this issue. However, 84% of sufferers have never sought help for the problem, equating to 14.66 million snorers passing up the opportunity to get medication or treatment. The findings come as a study by the University of Leeds in 2016 found that 29% of Brits in relationships say they sleep poorly because of their partner’s noisy night-time habits. 

PharmacyOutlet.co.uk’s research also uncovered that erectile dysfunction was a major problem that people were failing to address. A fifth (20%) of men in the UK said they have suffered from erectile dysfunction, with 18-34 year olds (36%) the most likely to experience this problem of any age group. Moreover, the survey found that erectile dysfunction is ignored by over half (53%) of sufferers, with an even greater proportion of millennials (67%) and Londoners (72%) turning a blind eye to the problem. 

The study also revealed that over a quarter (27%) of UK adults have smelly feet or bunions, but 61% of those have never had the issue seen to – this equates to 8.46 million Brits suffering in silence. 

The top five ailments that British couples must put up with are: 

  • Snoring – a problem for 34% of Brits and left untreated by 84% of sufferers
  • Smelly feet – a problem for 27% of Brits and left untreated by 61% of sufferers
  • Flatulence – a problem for 27% of Brits and left untreated by 41% of sufferers
  • Erectile dysfunction – a problem for 20% of men in the UK and left untreated by 53% of sufferers
  • Bad breath – a problem for 18% of Brits and left untreated by 80% of sufferers.

Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet.co.uk, commented on the findings: “Talking about bodily issues or health problems is never easy and it’s often even harder to talk about a partner’s. However, a huge number of couples in the UK are placing a strain on their relationships because they are leaving common – but potentially irritating – issues unseen. What’s more, these seemingly innocuous ailments can actually develop into far more serious conditions, so Brits must ensure they seek professional medical help for their health problems, both for their sake and their partner’s.”