5 Common Symptoms That Could Be Serious!
The average human spends at least fifty percent of their time and energy to stay healthy. Whether through eating habits, exercise or even regular trips once a year to the doctor’s office, our goal is constant functionality.
Because of this, we have a tendency to treat most things that look like common symptoms of diseases with a combination of medications and rest.
But for these few symptoms, a visit to doctors is definitely justified, if only to make sure. This is because, although they seem to be harmless symptoms they can actually be signs of something much worse.
Pay attention to these 5 seemingly harmless symptoms.
1. The length of your ring finger
Believe it or not, this small friendly digit on your finger may have more to do with your biology than you realize. The length of your fingers, in general, has its own effects on your daily life, affecting the way you write or how you sleep.
But recent studies have shown that it is actually a prenatal excess of hormones leading to the formation of fingers in their different sizes.
A neuroscientist at the University of Alberta observed that an annular finger that is longer than the index finger in children is a symptom of a sudden increase in testosterone that occurs in the mother in the middle of the second trimester. This hormonal excess can also have an effect on behavior and physical health.
In women, a longer ring finger is a sign of an increased risk of osteoarthritis of the knee. The length or rather the difference in length between your fingers can be signs of your vulnerability to diseases such as oral cancer and prostate cancer, as well as indicative of personality traits such as athletic ability and reflex.
2. Sudden wrinkles in the lobes of the ear
Wrinkles, in general, are a perfectly natural process of aging, and in most cases, most wrinkles can make you look somewhat distinguished. But in the case of this particular type of wrinkles, which occurs diagonally through the ear lobe, it has been linked to the appearance of major heart diseases.
A study conducted in 1989 focused on the presence of folds in the earlobe in people who died of a variety of cardiovascular diseases.
The results of the study showed that 72% of men and 67% of women studied had folds in the ear lobe.
This fold, which is more popularly known as Frank’s sign (after the doctor who described it for the first time), is still considered indicative of both cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
3. Weird cravings
A pregnant woman is entitled to her fair share of cravings, and they can come, like a tsunami of desire, anytime, anywhere. “I know it’s 3 in the morning but I need potatoes.” Perfectly normal, even if you are not pregnant (although in that case, your desire is less likely to be fulfilled).
However, cravings can sometimes take a strange turn. The cravings for dirt, paper or ice, essentially what I would consider non-food products, is something that has been linked to pica, which is a serious eating disorder, or iron deficiencies related to anemia.
The latter can also cause pale skin, brittle bones and teeth, as well as fatigue. While research has been done at Cornell University about the positive health benefits that eating land can have, especially for a malnourished or pregnant person, these particular cravings may be indicative of a much worse problem.
4. Swelling of the extremities
The swelling of the extremities may be more indicative of larger problems. Swelling of the hands and fingers are usually signs of one of several types of arthritis.
Arthritis can be treated with medical and surgical options so that you are not immobilized and stop using the daily functionality completely. If your lower extremities are swollen, legs or feet, it could be a sign of edema.
Edema is an unusual buildup of fluid under the skin. The edema itself arises under normal circumstances due to an unhealthy diet, pregnancy or lack of proper exercise, and it is fairly easy to deal with prescription medications.
But more recent discoveries have found that the edema can be related to more intense illnesses like the affections of the thyroid, cirrhosis of the liver and many others.
5. Dark droppings
Although it is not a habit for many to turn around and observe your stools every time you go to the bathroom, as well as the consistency, the color of your waste can also be an indicator of possible diseases.
Dark urine or droppings can be a sign of internal bleeding and gastrointestinal disorders, so if you have not eaten dark foods during the day (such as licorice, beet or blueberries), you should consult your doctor.
On the other hand, residues of extremely light colors can be indicative of gallstones, tumors and other serious diseases. In the same way, the yellowish shades could be a sign of digestive problems.
In the case of urine, darker yellow means you are not getting enough water, so it’s time to double that dose.
However, it is important to keep in mind that the case is not the same with babies, and the color of your stool may be indicative of very different things, most of which are harmless, but it is always best to consult a doctor.