5 health symptoms you should never ignore
Sometimes we experience health symptoms that we think are nothing to worry about. Self-medicating (treating with over-the-counter medications and home remedies) does help with minor health issues, but at times what we consider to be minor symptoms could be signs of a serious health problem. Here are 5 symptoms you should always take seriously.
Blood in your urine
If you are not on your period, then blood in your urine is not normal. It can be a sign of a more serious health problem. If you notice blood when you pee then it’s best to go to your nearest clinic or to consult with a doctor as soon as possible.
Unexplained weight loss
Losing weight unexpectedly can be a cause for concern, especially if have not changed your diet or started exercising. Unexplained weight loss can be a symptom of stress and other more serious issues, so it’s important to make sure you see a doctor if you are experiencing this.
If your discharge has a foul smell, a brownish colour, has a runny texture or blood in it, you need to consult a healthcare professional. These symptoms are not normal and need your immediate attention. It’s never a good idea to self-medicate or self-diagnose (try to guess what the health issue could be on your own) when it comes to abnormal discharge, even if you are not sexually active.
Severe pain during sex
Experiencing a little discomfort during sex could be a sign that you are not lubricated enough, which can be fixed by only having sex when you are aroused (turned on) enough and with some lube. However, unbearable pain during sex could be a sign of a serious sexual health issue. If you experience this, then you should see a healthcare provider or gynaecologist. Make sure that you explain your symptoms clearly, don’t downplay or hide anything.
Your period can change once in a while, but if it disappears completely, it could be a sign that you are either pregnant or have another health issue. If your period is 5 days late from your expected period date or if you have missed your period for more than 6 weeks (and you are not pregnant) , then it is best to go and get checked out by a healthcare professional.
You can keep track of your period by downloading a period tracking app. This way, you’ll know exactly when you should be getting your period and when you should be concerned. Again, it’s best to consult with a doctor or at a clinic to find out what the problem is.
Taking care of yourself means that you also need to pay attention to your body and be able to notice when something is not right. Don’t hesitate to seek help when the need arises. It’s better to be safe than sorry, Choma. Remember that I’m here to answer any of your questions and concerns.
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