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10 Things your body can tell you about your health

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You’ve probably come across several cases or heard other people discuss health-related cases where perfectly normal people end up being diagnosed with fatally ill diseases in a short period. We often tend to neglect the little details, meal plans or even the slightest of changes that may occur in our body, and this could potentially cost us our life. In very rare circumstances people end up being severely ill without any ‘noticeable’ sign.

However, that’s usually not the case. Our body tends to react to different kinds of bacteria and germs and start showing early symptoms that we end up neglecting. These symptoms could be as indistinct as paling of skin, blurry vision, finger pain, etc. Most people who experience such minor symptoms regard it as something normal and either end up sidelining it entirely or treat it themselves with the help of home remedies, homeopathic/herbal medication or at most get it treated from a general physician who too sometimes prescribe the usual painkillers.

We all must go for our routine check-ups so we’re able to detect any sort of early problems are body may be trying to tell us. Before it leads to something life-threatening we must take precautions and educate ourselves on some of the basic signs our body might be indicating on towards something serious.

Here are 10 things your body can tell you about your health:

1. Scalloped tongue

A scalloped tongue is when the sides or edges of your tongue are rippled or indented and resembles the edges of a pie crust. The tongue is inflamed and is abnormally larger than your lower jaw. This is a sort of swelling that sometimes occurs due to issues that can be dealt with at home, dehydration for instance. In the case of jaw trauma or if you’re experiencing other symptoms simultaneously such as low blood pressure, aching sensation, etc., It could be an indication of a thyroid disorder and must be treated immediately. Further delay could worsen the situation and could be harder to deal with relatively.

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2. Skin

Often our skin tells us a lot about our health. It’s one of the first elements of our body to react in most cases. If you’re noticing dark patches on your skin that feel textured or velvet-like and appear on areas where the skin folds such as the neck it could be a sign on insulin resistance where your body is unable to respond to insulin as efficiently as it should. You must not ignore this symptom as it could be a sign of you having diabetes.

Similarly, another indication your skin can give you is it peeling out and it could be a sign of a fungal infection or even other skin problems such as eczema, especially if it is accompanied by itching and redness. However, it could also mean that you suffer from vitamin deficiency and can easily be dealt with proper healthy meals and a good diet.

3. A pimple that doesn’t heal

Pimples can be quite frustrating, to say the least. While you may have tried every method out there, from tea tree oil to toothpaste, aloe Vera gel to herbal ointments, if your pimple just doesn’t go away. It could be a sign of something more serious than expected. If your pimple has been there for weeks, bleeds frequently and appears to be pearly it could be a sign that you’re having basal cell carcinoma, which a type of skin cancer.

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However, if treated at an early stage, there’s nothing to worry about as it comes with lower risks attached and doesn’t spread quickly, therefore it can be treated and diagnosed early or depending on when you get it checked.

4. Pain in fingers

If your fingers or fingernails hurt, its best that you visit a doctor immediately as it’s often linked to lung cancer. Excess tissue develops and grows in fingers and under fingernails when lung tumors develop and release chemicals in the bloodstream which is a result of the pain. Your fingers may appear swollen and tender to the touch.

5. Skin and eyes turning yellow

You may be well aware but if your skin or your eye whites generally appear more ‘yellow’ and pale than usual, it’s a symptom of liver issues, commonly associated with ‘jaundice.’ Bilirubin, an orange-yellow substance made during the breakdown of blood cells accumulates, which explains the yellowness of your features. Before it leads to serious health complications, you should consider visiting a doctor and getting it treated.

6. Dark eye bags

This isn’t something too serious but is often linked to the fact of you not taking care of yourself and if this continues or deteriorates it could lead to serious health issues as you neglect your health and well-being. Dark circles and eye bags are a sign of sleep deprivation and you live in an unhealthy environment, this leads to thinning of fat tissue in our under-eye area. It’s a sign that you must look after your health!

7. Cold hands

We all get cold hands sometimes and most of the time it’s because of the weather, however, it’s also a sign that you’re stressing out way too much. Having too much stress or anxiety causes your blood vessels to constrict and impede your blood circulation, hence the cold hands. Take deeper breaths the next time rather than layer your hands with gloves.

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8. Stripes in your eyes

If your vision appears to be blurry and you can see dots and lines, they’re referred to as ‘floaters.’ It can usually be felt in the presence of white light and could be an early symptom of cataracts. If the issue persists, we recommend you visit your optician in case you might have an eye problem.

9. Dry skin

If your skin is drier than usual and moisturizers and lotions aren’t working, there’s a high chance you may have atopic dermatitis also known as eczema. This is also a skin disease that we inherit, so you might want to ask your family around if they experienced similar symptoms such as itching, inflammation, cracking, etc.

10. Hair loss

While a lot of us mistake hair loss with aging, it’s also a sign of stress, medication reaction, nutrient deficiencies, weight loss, etc. ideally, we would want to have thick, shiny, frizz-free hair. But if you’re experiencing drastic hair loss, consider getting it checked before it leads to something serious.

Conclusion

It’s surprising to note how we tend to neglect such common symptoms and minor changes that our body tells us. We must take notice of all the little details before it could cost us our lives or lead to something serious, especially if that change is accompanied by other unexplainable symptoms. Visit the doctor at least once a month for a proper check-up just to ensure your body is doing just fine and you’re perfectly alright. Better safe, than sorry!

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