If you’ve ever ignored signs or symptoms, thinking they’ll disappear, this post is for you.
At the first sign of a runny nose, some people make an appointment to see a doctor. And others put off going to the doctor, even though dangerous diseases may cause the symptoms.
What is a sign or a symptom?
In medical practice, a sign is something that others may notice. For example, a rash can be a sign of skin disease and high blood sugar can be a sign of diabetes. It can be observed or measured by others, including symptoms by your family and doctor; however, they are only apparent to the person experiencing them
and cannot be honored or measured. Also, tinnitus can be a sign, but no one can hear it.
The onset of symptoms indicates that something is wrong
in your body. It could be an illness, injury, or
a medical condition.
Experts divide symptoms into three categories.
Recurrent – symptoms that improve or go away
Fully recurrent – symptoms that have been previously observed and identified but come back again. Chronic – symptoms that persist over a long period. Symptoms that require
immediate medical attention
The following is a list of symptoms that may indicate the possibility of a dangerous or life-threatening
1- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
If you feel as though you cannot breathe or do not have
enough air in your lungs, call 9-1-1.
This phenomenon, known as shortness of breath, can indicate several dangerous conditions, including asthma, heart problems, pneumonia, or a blood clot in the lungs.
Heart, pneumonia or a blood clot in the lungs, severe headache. Headaches are common for some people, but any sudden onset of intense
The sudden onset of a severe headache accompanied by other neurologic symptoms (weakness on one side,
confusion, or seizures) is a reason to seek immediate medical attention.
Immediate medical attention.
2. Allergic reactions/anaphylaxis
Severe allergic reactions are called anaphylaxis and may include the following symptoms: swelling, hives, decreased blood pressure, or
sometimes called shock. This is the body’s reaction to an allergenic substance, for example.
Like a bee sting or a peanut sting. It’s life-threatening
The condition requires immediate medical attention.
3. Unexplained weight loss
Effortless weight loss, especially significant or over a long period, can be a symptom of something more serious. In most cases, doctors are advised to consider any loss of more than five percent of body weight without effort as a cause for concern. Currently, many
underlying medical conditions can be associated with
Diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, overactive thyroid, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. If you have significant unintentional weight loss, talk to your doctor about this and other symptoms you may be experiencing.
4. Unusual bleeding
We need blood to survive. But there are places where blood should not appear.
Call your doctor immediately if you notice blood. Blood in the urine can indicate
various conditions, including bladder cancer, kidney disease, urinary tract infections, trauma, or anemia. Blood in the stool may imply trauma or hemorrhoids, as well as more severe conditions such as colon cancer.
Diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel disease.
The appearance of vomiting blood may indicate an ulcer, and rupture of the esophagus when coughing up blood may be associated with lung cancer.
5. Ulcers or wounds that do not heal. You should see a doctor if a skin ulcer or injury does not heal within three months or keeps recurring. This could be a sign of infection, cancer, or diabetes.
6. Swelling of feet without injury.
Sometimes, our legs and feet can swell due to sitting or standing for long periods or being overweight. But other causes include heart disease, vein or kidney problems. Consult your doctor if you experience swelling in your legs.
7. Sudden, severe, or recurrent abdominal pain.
There are many causes of abdominal pain, from constipation to chronic illness. You may have abdominal pain if you are
have a car accident or injury, or
If the pain is accompanied by chest pain, call 9-1-1.
9-1-1. Abdominal pain can also be caused by appendicitis, gallbladder inflammation, kidney stones, pancreatitis, diverticulitis, and many other conditions that require treatment.
Health Care. If you experience severe or sudden abdominal pain, seek medical attention.
8. High fever
An increased body temperature or fever is the body’s response to an infection. An elevated body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit is the body’s response to an infection.
9. Sudden confusion or change in mental status.
Sudden mental confusion, also known as delirium,
happens quickly and includes symptoms such as
difficulty concentrating, slurred mumbling,
weakness, not understanding who or where one is, or visions of unreal things. Delirium has many possible causes, including carbon monoxide poisoning, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, seizures, cancer, infection, etc.
That requires immediate medical attention.
10. Severe dizziness.
Dizziness can occur for many reasons.
That said, some are more serious than others. Causes
for dizziness, including infection, medication, dehydration, and more. You should see a doctor if you are
experiencing severe dizziness or lightheadedness and other symptoms such as
fever, numbness or weakness, chest pain,
vomiting, or neck stiffness.
This is why knowing your body and recognizing when something doesn’t feel or feel right is essential. Contact your doctor and explain what you are feeling.
Pay attention to changes, no matter how subtle they may seem.