Sunday, July 18, 2010

Time to see your doctor

It is already common that we only go to our doctor in case of emergency or disease. Sometimes, our doctor can still handle the illness, but what if he can't? It will be your last visit to your doctor, isn't it?

Here are some body signals that we need to see our doctors without delay if we experience any of the following symptoms;
  • For women, unusual bleeding or discharge, vaginal bleeding between periods, during pregnancy or after menopause; bleeding or discharge from the nipples. In both sexes, rectal bleeding; feces (they will look black and tarry), urine (it may range from faint pink to dark brown), cough up phlegm and sputum or vomit.
  • Any marked change in bowel or bladder habits.
  • A sore that doesn't heal about three weeks.
  • A change in the size or appearance of a mole, freckle or skin blemish.
  • A lump, swelling or thickening in a woman's breast or in either sexes, elsewhere in the body; any change in the contour of a woman's breast.
  • Nagging hoarseness or coughing; a worsening smoker's cough.
  • Chronic indigestion or difficulty in swallowing.
  • A sudden, unexplained  drop in weight; loss of appetite.
  • Recurrent vomiting.
  • Unexplained chronic pain, new or unusually severe pain in the head., chest or abdomen.
  • Chronic fever or night sweats.
  • Unexplained lightheadedness or fainting spells.
  • Blurred vision; seeing halos around lights.
  • Sever, unexplained shortness of breath.
  • Bluish lips, eyelids or nail beds.
  • Chronically swollen ankles.
  • Excessive thirst.
  • Unusual weakness or fatigue.
  • Yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes (jaundice).
  • In men, frequent difficul or uncomfortable urination and a discharge from the penis.
You need to visit your doctor if you have one or more of these symptoms before its too late. Prevention is still better than cure. Visit your doctor today and live healthy and happy.

(Source: Reader's digest)

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