Important Health Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

Health Warning Signs: If you experience any of these, seek the help of a doctor immediately!

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath (dyspnea) could be due to many causes, ranging from excessive weight gain/loss to major issues such as heart attack, stroke, blood clots, asthma, and lung infections.

Anyone can experience dyspnea occasionally, but if it is severe and limits your activities, you should be evaluated immediately to rule out the serious causes.

Chest or upper abdominal pain/pressure: Musculoskeletal problems, lung infections, or acid reflux comes under these symptoms.

As they also include classic heart attack symptoms, getting help right away is essential if the pain is sudden, not relieved by rest, or accompanied by other symptoms.

Fainting, dizziness, weakness: Ongoing dizziness and fainting episodes can both have numerous causes, such as infections, allergies, and cardiac or neurologic conditions.

Sudden weakness in any limb or facial muscle should be checked out immediately because it is a possible symptom of stroke.

Severe headache: Another scary symptom to consider is a sudden, severe headache, which could mean you’re having a stroke.

Time = brain – the sooner doctors can stop the bleeding, the less severe the damage is likely to be.

A severe headache accompanied by a stiff neck and high fever may indicate meningitis; early diagnosis and treatment of meningitis are essential to prevent permanent neurological damage.

Changes in vision: Changes in vision can result from any injury like a blow to the head or due to any allergies or infections.

If you are experiencing loss of vision or blurred vision, you need to have an immediate medical evaluation.

Confusion or changes in mental status: It is difficult to notice these symptoms yourself, but you may see them in others.

If the onset of these symptoms is sudden and unusual, you will need medical help.

Sudden or severe pain: Any unusual or unexplained pain can be due to herniated discs, muscle spasms, infections, or inflammation.

For instance, sudden and sharp abdominal pain could be a sign of many conditions, including appendicitis, kidney infection, bladder infection, colitis, or infectious diarrhea.

Uncontrolled bleeding: Bleeding is considered uncontrolled if it does not stop after five minutes of applying direct and steady pressure.

Whether it’s an injury or any medical condition such as leukemia or hemophilia, you will need immediate medical assistance.

Persistent vomiting or diarrhea: These symptoms may be the result of a severe case of gastroenteritis; they may also indicate appendicitis, meningitis, or food poisoning.

However, if you have bloody diarrhea or fever, it could be a bacterial infection, and need antibiotics.

If the symptoms are unrelenting with the risk of dehydration, you may need intravenous fluids.

Coughing up or vomiting blood: Occasional coughing a bit of blood due to a cold, along with a dry throat, is common.

But if you cough up blood persistently, it could be something serious, including bronchitis, blood clot in the lungs, cancer, or tuberculosis.

A bloody cough accompanied by fever or shortness of breath might be pneumonia, in which case you need to see the doctor.

Vomiting blood is more severe that always needs medical evaluation.


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