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Do You Have Any of These 7 Harmless Symptoms? So you need to seek advice

From unexplained weight loss to sudden flashes, heed these 7 important signs and symptoms and see your doctor.

Chest pain, sudden loss of vision or speech, and severe abdominal pain require immediate medical attention. But what about more subtle signs and symptoms? Knowing what to do can be difficult. Here is a list of seven signs and symptoms that deserve special attention.

1. Unexplained weight loss

Losing weight without trying may seem like a dream come true, but in reality it could indicate a health problem. If you do not have a body mass index of 30 or more (obese) and have lost more than 4.5 kg or more than 5% of your body weight in the last 6 to 12 months, consult your doctor.

Unexplained weight loss can be caused by a variety of conditions. These include an overactive thyroid, diabetes, depression, liver disease, cancer, or conditions that affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients (malabsorption disorders).

2. Persistent or high fever

Fever is not necessarily a cause for concern. Fever appears to play a key role in fighting infection. A persistent fever can indicate a hidden infection, which can range from a urinary tract infection to tuberculosis. In some cases, cancerous (malignant) conditions, such as lymphoma, cause persistent or persistent fevers, as do some medications.

Call your doctor if your temperature is 39.4°C or higher or you have had a fever for more than three days.

3. Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath can be a sign of an underlying health condition. Very intense exercise, extreme temperatures, massive obesity, and high altitudes are all factors that can cause shortness of breath. Aside from these examples, shortness of breath is likely a sign of a medical condition. If you have unexplained shortness of breath, especially if it comes on suddenly and is severe, seek emergency medical attention.

Causes of shortness of breath can include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), and other heart and lung problems. Difficulty breathing can also occur during a panic attack. A sudden episode of intense anxiety that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or obvious cause.

4. Unexplained changes in bowel habits

What is considered normal for stool varies greatly. Contact your doctor if you notice any unusual or unexplained changes in your normality, such as:

-Bloody, black, or tarry stools
– Persistent diarrhea or constipation
– Unexplained urge to defecate
-Changes in bowel habits may indicate a bacterial infection or a viral or parasitic infection. Other possible causes include irritable bowel disease and colon cancer.

5. Confusion or personality changes

See a doctor if you suddenly have problems:

– poor thinking ability
– Difficulty concentrating, maintaining or shifting attention
-Behavioural changes

These changes can be caused by many problems, including infections, poor diet, mental health issues, or medications.

6. Feeling of fullness after eating very little

If you feel full earlier than usual or after eating less than usual, consult your doctor for a check-up. This feeling, called early satiety, can also be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, bloating, or weight loss. If so, be sure to tell your doctor about these signs and symptoms as well.

Possible causes of early satiety include gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD, and stomach ulcers. In some cases, a more serious problem like pancreatic cancer may play a role.

7. Flashes of light

Bright spots or flashes of light sometimes indicate a migraine. In other cases, sudden flashes of light can indicate a retinal detachment. Prompt medical attention can help prevent permanent vision loss.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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