Apart from the cough, cold, chest pain or infection, more symptoms need medical attention. It can be tough to know what to do. Here’s a list of seven signs and symptoms that merit attention.
1. Unexplained weight loss
Unplanned weight loss might sound like a dream come true especially for girls, but the fact is that it can signal a health problem. There are various reasons behind sudden weight loss including overactive thyroid hyperthyroidism, diabetes, depression, liver disease, cancer or illnesses that interfere with how the body intake nutrients.
2. Constant high fever
A fever isn’t certainly a cause for alarm. Fever seems to take advantage of fighting against infection. But, constant fever can be a warning of hidden infection, which could be anything from a urinary tract infection to tuberculosis. In some cases, cancerous conditions such as lymphomas cause high or persistent fevers, as can some medications cause.
Consult your doctor if you have had a high fever for more than three days.
3. Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath is a signal of an underlying health problem. Harsh exercise, extreme temperatures, huge obesity and high altitude are the factors that can cause shortness of breath. If you have unexplained shortness of breath, especially if it comes on suddenly and is severe, call emergency medical care.
Breathlessness can affect your healthcare as it might welcome chronic disease, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, a blood clot in the lung, as well as other heart and lung problems. Difficulty breathing can also occur with a panic attack.
4. Sudden changes in bowel movements:
When you notice below mentioned changes in bowel movements then consult your doctor such as:
- Bloody, black or tarry-coloured stools
- Persistent diarrhea or constipation
- Unexplained urges to have a bowel movement
These changes in bowel habits can be a signal of bacterial infection, irritable bowel disease and colon cancer.
5. Personality changes:
Changes include poor thinking ability, inability to focus on something, lack of understanding and some behavior changes such as anger, anxiety etc.
These changes could be due to the infection, poor nourishment, mental health conditions or side effects of any medications.
6. Early satiety:
If your tummy gets full sooner than normal or after eating less than usual, get tested by your physician. This is known as early satiety. You may go through sickness, vomiting, bloating or weight loss as well. Tell your doctor about all signs and symptoms to know the reason.
Probable causes of this feeling are gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcers. There is also the chance of a serious problem such as pancreatic cancer could be a factor.