4 signs of a serious health problem

by: Dr. Victor Marchione | General Health | Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 5:01 a.m.


shutterstock_24058180 As you age, natural changes to your appearance are bound to occur. You are noticing more wrinkles, or that your skin does not feel as strong as before. Some of these changes may not be a surprise or concern …

But what if it were the shape of your body to tell you something more serious is going on? Do you even know to get carried?

serious health problems can disguise himself as changes in appearance. Unfortunately, if you do not know the signs, you can not take the necessary precautions to prevent the disease from getting worse.

Below are four signals that you may want to pay more attention are presented.

1. Dry, chapped lips

is easy to dismiss dry, chapped lips as a simple lack of moisture, but the severity of dryness could indicate other issues.

First, chapped lips could be a sign of a reaction to medication or even an allergy or infection. However, pay attention to where your lips are taking steps to actually reduce a health problem.

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If your lips are taking more around corners, this could be a sign of Sjögren – pronounced SHOW-smile. This disease is an immune disorder that mainly affects women over 40. Sjögren’s syndrome can leave you with dry eyes and mouth, while other symptoms include joint pain, skin rashes and persistent dry cough . It is an autoimmune disease where the body mistakenly attacks itself.

Although there is no real cause, the Mayo Clinic suggests that people with certain genes may be at higher risk.

If you do not seem to be working to keep your lips moist, you may want to take this as a symptom of something more serious and follow up with your doctor.

2. swollen feet

There are endless causes swelling of the feet, so they can never consider it as a real health problem. Standing all day, uncomfortable shoes, weight, ankle injuries or feet, and even ingesting too much salt can be for all causes your feet to swell. However, they may point to additional problems.

A swollen foot could be a sign of gout. Gout is a difficult form of arthritis, with symptoms such as severe pain, sudden swelling of the joints in the foot – usually around the big toe – and a decrease in joint movement. Do not treat gout in his first signs can lead to joint damage and long-term infection.

Swelling of the feet can also reveal heart problems. The National Institutes of Health suggests it may be a sign that the leg veins are not pumping the blood back to the heart properly. In addition, this could be a sign of heart failure as your body starts to retain more fluid because the heart is not pumping properly.

Clearly, these concerns should not be overlooked. If you are often noting that the swelling in your feet is not going down, take this as a sign of a health problem that stresses.

3. Wrinkles

When you think about aging, you probably think of wrinkles first. As we age, our skin begins to lose its elasticity, its thickness, and its ability to protect itself, which is why wrinkles occur.

If wrinkles occur with age, could be revealing information about your bone health.

A study by Yale School of Medicine established a bound between the appearance of the skin and bone health. As the bones and skin contain collagen Therefore, researchers theorized that the examination of the skin of women could provide an estimate about your bone health. If your skin has many wrinkles, this suggests a greater decrease in collagen, which can also make bones more fragile.

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Researchers studied 114 postmenopausal women and tested their facial skin wrinkle, measurement depth they were. women’s bone density was also taken for comparison. The researchers concluded that participants with tighter skin also had a higher bone density; those with weaker skin more wrinkled had a lower bone density. The researchers noted that further testing is needed to determine clearly the association, but their study makes a case for bone density.

So next time you look in the mirror and note some deeper wrinkles, you may want to consider a bone density also.

4. Moles

If you were born with a mole that probably never thought of him as more than just a birthmark.

But now that you’re older you may want to take a closer look. it has changed color? What about size? These are important questions to ask because they can determine whether or not you should seek medical advice.

The melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer begins as a mole usually with an asymmetrical shape, various colors, and about a quarter inch in size.

If you have multiple moles, does not necessarily mean you have melanoma, but may increase your risk of getting it. These types of atypical moles are called, they are usually irregularly shaped and come in various colors.

A “Spitz nevus” mole is often confused with melanoma because dermatologists can not tell the difference just by looking. These moles are pink and can burst, which can cause bleeding.

Whether you were born with a mole or developed later in life, it is always best to keep an eye on it for any changes.

The next time you are looking at your appearance, make sure you are paying attention to the new changes. Perhaps a line that was not there before, or spots that may appear on your body. This could be the shape of your body letting you know of something more serious may require treatment. As always err on the side of caution and talk to your doctor.

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