Red Flag Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
Often, when you feel under the weather, or you’re a bit out of sorts, there’s no need to rush to a clinic and see a doctor. Most of the symptoms we experience and illnesses we develop are minor, and often, there’s no need for treatment. Sometimes, however, the situation is different, and you may come across red flag signs that you really shouldn’t ignore. It’s highly likely that there will be nothing to worry about, but seeing your doctor will give you peace of mind.
Frequent dizzy spells
It’s normal to feel dizzy or lightheaded if you’ve had a hectic day and it’s 4pm and you haven’t had lunch yet, but it’s not normal to experience dizzy spells on a regular basis. If you feel faint, it’s a good idea to seek medical advice. It’s particularly important to visit an urgent care center if you’ve developed dizziness after an accident. If you banged your head, for example, dizziness could be a delayed symptom of concussion. Feeling lightheaded may also be linked to low sugar levels, low blood pressure, and anemia.
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Lumps and bumps
It’s very common to find lumps and bumps on or underneath your skin. In the vast majority of cases, these masses are nothing sinister, but occasionally, they can be a sign of potentially life-threatening illnesses. If you do find a lump, no matter how big or small, it’s best to get it checked out.
Unexplained weight loss
Many people try to lose weight for weeks or even months of the year. If you’re dropping dress sizes and you’ve been making an effort to eat a healthier diet and do more exercise, the tumbling numbers on the scale shouldn’t cause concern. However, if you’re losing weight and you haven’t been trying to, this could be a sign of underlying illness. If your clothes feel much baggier or your body weight has dropped significantly, and you haven’t changed your eating habits, book an appointment with your doctor.
Traces of blood in urine or feces
If you spot traces of blood in your urine or feces, arrange to see your doctor as soon as possible. There are lots of possible causes, many of which are minor, but there is a risk that these symptoms are linked to more serious illnesses. Common causes may include urinary tract infections or hemorrhoids, but bleeding can also be symptomatic of some forms of cancer.
You may experience chest pain if you’ve been involved in an accident, but if there doesn’t appear to be an obvious cause of pain, seek advice from your doctor. Chest pain can be a sign of cardiac problems, but there are lots of other causes. If you’ve been getting recurrent bouts of pain or you feel pain come on very suddenly, see a doctor urgently.
Usually, when you don’t feel 100 percent, you recover and bounce back very quickly. In the vast majority of cases, we’re struck down by minor illnesses, but sometimes, spotting red flag symptoms can lead to a diagnosis of more severe health problems. If you do notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. It’s best to get symptoms checked sooner rather than later.
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