10 Medical Alarm Bells you shouldn’t ignore

medical alarm bells.thumbnail 10 Medical Alarm Bells you shouldnt ignore     Well, these medical alarm bells or symptoms are nothing to panic  about, really . BUT..but…but…  if you overlook or continue to ignore them, they’ll be some niggling little worries that’ll end up to become major medical health issues in the long run….

Remember that story about the big mighty oak tree? It wasn’t the strongest storm, earthquake, flood or fire that sent it to the ground…but the tiniest little bugs that continuously nibbled its roots and barks over the years until one day, it could no longer hold its ground and succumbed to these tiny creatures.

So…… here are your  10 Medical Alarm Bells:

1. Feet
Nine out of 10 bunions are found on women. Our footwear is partly to blame, as tight shoes squash your big toe towards the others. To prevent bunions, avoid high, pointy shoes.

Got a bunion? Wear shoes that don’t put pressure on it and see your GP.

2. Knees
Sore knees? Jumping sports, such as netball, can bring on patellar tendonitis, where the tendon attaching your kneecap (patella) to the top of your skin becomes inflamed. You’ll feel the pain just below your kneecap. Downward hill-running and wearing unsupportive trainers may also aggravate it.

Rest is the best remedy for sore knees.

 3. Womb
Had particularly painful or heavy periods recently? This may indicate fibroids – frim fibrous lumps found inside your womb. They’re very common and, in most cases, don’t cause any problems. However, if they become too big, they can cause painful bowel movements, as well as cramping and bloating.

There are many options available, so ask your GP about them.

4. Tongue
A sore tongue or cracks at the corner of the mouth might mean you are deficient in vitamin B12, especially if you don’t eat meat, which is rich in B12.

Treatment Other sources of vitamin B12 include eggs and dairy. If you’re vegan, try foods fortified with B12 such as breakfast cereals.

5. Breasts
Redness, pain and even a lump around your nipple may be caused by periductal mastitis. It’s most common in your 20s and 30s – and 90 per cent of sufferers smoke. Experts believe cigarette smoking damages the ducts underneath the nipple, causing them to become infected.

Treatment Give up smoking . Go see you doctor…..and just to be on the safe side,  go get a routine mammography ( breast x-ray).

6. Ears
Spend your life battling ear wax? Up your intake of essential fatty acids (EFAs). An excess of the sticky stuff in your ear can be a classic symptom of deficiency.

Treatment Rich sources are nuts, seeds, oil fish and wholegrains.

7. Eyes
Black or blue circles under your eyes can indicate an allergy. They’re caused by increased blood flow to the sinus area, which can be accompanied by sneezing and itchy eyes.

Treatment Try taking antihistamines for a couple of days and speak to your doctor.

8. Gums
Red, swollen gums? you could be brushing too vigorously. This can cause gums to recede and, over time, erode tooth structure, leading to sensitive teeth and exposure of the roots.

Treatment Choose a toothbrush with soft to medium, round-ended bristles and brush gently for three minutes twice a day. If the problem persists, see a dentist.

9. Skin
Dry, flaky skin could be a sign that your thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroxin hormone (hypothyroidism). One in eight women will develop a problem with her thyroid (found at the front of your neck). Other symptoms include dry hair, weight gain and depression.

Treatment Thyroid problems can be treated with hormone medication, so see your GP.

10. Stomach
Does your dinner repeat on your? About 40 per cent of adults in western countries experience heartburn, but 20 per cent of those could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), say experts at King’s College London. It’s characterised by acid moving back from your stomach into your oesophagus, and affects both sexes of all ages.

Treatment Unlike regular heartburn, GERD can’t be soothed with over-the-counter
drugs. If it is plaguing you, see your GP who can prescribe medication.

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