Your body is somewhat like a car or a machine that gives you enough signs and signals before it finally shuts down one day. To prevent falling into the viscous cycle of untreatable ailments, here are the 5 health signs and symptoms that you should never ignore:
- Weight Loss
Did you get extremely happy seeing a sudden loss of more than 5 kgs (or, 5%) of body weight within a period of 3-4 months without following any fitness regime? Well, before you put that big smile on your face, make sure you look for symptoms associated with thyroid, diabetes, mal-absorption disorders, depression, liver disease or cancer. If you observe any of the symptoms associated with these ailments, make sure you visit your doctor as soon as possible.
- Shortness of Breath
Do you often feel suffocated? Well, it’s not as simple a reason as a strenuous exercise routine, extreme obesity or reaching a high altitude. There may be a deeper underlying problem for shortness of breath including those associated with problems like asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis and other lung, pulmonary and heart diseases.
- Breast Changes in Women
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer amongst women. Today, breast cancer can be definitely treated at earlier stages. Do a self-breast examination every month and observe changes such as: nipples turned inwards, nipple discharge, redness and scaling of breast skin and nipples and breast skin puckering and dimpling. Seek immediate medical help or go for a breast biopsy or mammogram to get confirmed.
- Skin Changes
The skin is one of the most vital organs of our body that protects you from the entire explosive foreign world. Therefore, it’s our duty to take care of our skin and look for changes such as change in shape, size or colour of a mole or spot or constant clotting of blood under the skin, development of new spots or redness of skin. A biopsy is essential to confirm the same.
- Persistent High Fever
You may get fever due to seasonal changes. But, if you get persistent high fever (above 1030 F) every now and then, then you should definitely get worried and seek immediate medical help. Fever is an infection fighting mechanism of our body that definitely denotes an underlying severe illness. Common reasons for persistent high fevers may be urinary tract infections, pneumonia, endocarditis, meningitis, lymphoma and leukaemia.