So often your lumps, bumps, rashes, and red spots are harmless, but there are times when those little signs and symptoms can signal the onset of a disease.
You Love To Eat Ice
There are people who say they love to eat ice. That’s a sign of iron-deficiency anaemia. You’ll need a blood workup, and your doctor will want to figure out why you’re anaemic—are you losing blood or not making enough? The answer will direct how he will proceed with your treatment.
Your Eyes Are Bulging
If this is something that seems new; especially if your pictures from the previous year looks normal, it could be an overactive thyroid.
You may also notice other symptoms like unexplained weight loss or irritability. A thyroid blood test will identify the problem. Iodine treatment can slow your thyroid, and you can manage the issue with thyroid medications. You should however note that sometimes, thyroid problems are self-limiting and resolve on its own.
Your Neck Looks Dirty
A rash-like discolouration called acanthosis nigricans almost looks like dirty but has a velvety feel. It can be commonly seen on the back of the neck or in the armpit and is often a sign of diabetes or insulin resistance. Your physician will order blood tests to check blood sugar levels to make the diagnosis.
You’re A Woman And You’re Sprouting Chin Hairs
This can be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome. Usually you see just a few hairs, but they’re dark and coarse like a man’s beard. The hormonal imbalance may also affect your period, and can thus impact your fertility. A look at your medical history and symptoms can point your doctor in the right direction.
You see Blood Spots In Your Eyes
This condition is known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage, and the American Heart Association notes that this is more common with people who have high blood pressure or diabetes. While these conditions doesn’t cause the spots, the two are however linked, and this is yet another reason to see your eye doctor every two years.
Your Big Toe Is Swollen
You don’t remember stubbing it—and it’s not like you forgot. You could be looking at an early symptom of gout, which is not only painful but can signal risk for chronic diseases like high blood pressure and kidney disease.