Be Your Own Doctor : What are you not sick

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Medical TV shows and articles about diseases are pushing many to the idea: "I for sure have!" And websites with lists of symptoms only confirms the worst fears: "Bloating and fatigue?It's definitely about me »

Statistics cited figures: 35% of adults are turning to online resources to diagnose his own condition or state of other people, but the diagnosis of a pair of common symptoms may either postpone necessary treatment, either to instill unwarranted fear.Professor of Medicine in Atlanta Frayhofer Sandra adds: "Fatigue, for example, may be a symptom of anything - including a midnight search of diagnoses on Google!»

Any chronic suspicion at any disease should lead you to this doctor.In the meantime, Dr. Frayhofer and her colleagues tell what disease is most often mistaken samodiagnostiruyut at their patients.

self-diagnosis: Raynaud's disease

reason for suspicion: «winter outside my hands are icy and lose sensitivity."

What can actually be: Numbness in the hands can be a side effect of med

ications.Some drugs, such as beta-blockers, can cause constriction of blood vessels, it can cause the same and smoking.Another possible disease - carpal tunnel syndrome, which can affect the nerves in the wrist.Can he against the background of the professional activity, if you have a lot of typing or work with vibrating tools.

At present Raynaud's hands turn white or even many blue and lose sensitivity, the reduction of blood flow in them a feeling of tingling or "pins and needles".Such a violation of blood flow develops when the muscles surrounding the blood vessels in the hands (sometimes the toes) overlap circulation.This can be frustrating, but usually harmless.Wearing thick gloves, especially in very cold weather it helps.However, if you experience joint pain, you notice a discoloration of the skin, feeling tired or losing hair - go to the doctor.

self-diagnosis: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

reason for suspicion: «I always disinfect hands and the clock can organize things in the closet."

What can actually be: If you love to laugh, to call themselves "germofobom" or "Neat," it is unlikely that you really suffer from this mental disorder.Almost everyone has some degree of obsession with anything.People who do not suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, like him at "finding" and get pleasure from it.

This obsessive-compulsive disorder involves much more than just a love of purity.Sufferers they are constantly under the pressure of repetitive, unwanted thoughts, and build rituals that give them temporary relief from anxiety.They are always something to wash, to check if the door is locked or read paving tiles.Some may devote this obsessive ritual about an hour a day, others can do it all day and night.If you find yourself in this painful vicious circle - time to seek professional help.

self-diagnosis: Rosacea

reason for suspicion: «I have to face steady glow, and while training the skin becomes bright red."

What can actually be: Although rosacea - a fairly common disease, it says, not every case of facial flushing.Symptoms of rosacea can detect at a person suffering from acne and contact dermatitis.Redness and irritation may occur with excessive use of cosmetics, such as exfoliating scrubs.

At present rosacea, you will not find at the white spots or black spots, as in the case of acne, and skin will not itch as much as in contact dermatitis.Rosacea usually appears in the form of redness, first in the central part of the face, eventually broken capillaries appear in the skin surface.

redness caused by rosacea are usually triggered by temperature variations, strong emotions and eating spicy food or alcohol.Still not sure?Try to move to a more benign skin care products that do not contain fragrance, and refuse at the time of the anti-aging creams with retinol.If the skin does not improve, contact a dermatologist.

self-diagnosis: migraine

reason for suspicion: «I have a terrible headache."

What can actually be: If the pain covers the entire head like a vice, it probably is tenzionnaya headache.

Migraine usually manifests throbbing pain on only one side of the head.It hinders the thought process, and its attacks are accompanied by visual impairment, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and acute sensitivity to light, sound, touch and smell.Some people who suffer from migraine headaches, stiffness in the neck note or strange cravings for certain foods for a few days before the attack.

Whether or not a migraine, severe headache can have a negative impact on overall health.In order to determine the true cause of discomfort, get a headache diary.

Possible initiators of headache may be hormonal changes (such as just before menstruation), exercise, or lack of sleep.Food is also able to trigger migraines, including red wine, chocolate and aged cheeses.If you notice that you are plagued by headaches more often than usual, or become more severe, contact your doctor for advice and prescription.

self-diagnosis: celiac disease

reason for suspicion: «I'm bursting stomach every time I will eat bread or pasta."

What can actually be: Avoiding gluten has become almost fashionable, but it is necessary if it is to blame it for every case of indigestion?Only 1% of people suffering from celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, in which the vegetable protein gluten is not digested by the body.Without proper treatment of this disorder can lead to significant weight loss, a deficiency of certain vitamins and chronic pain.This disorder affects the intestines and causes anemia.

While suffering this disorder only 1% of people avoiding gluten is about 10%, which mistakenly samodiagnostiruyut at this disease.So how do you find out whether or not for you to give up starchy foods?Blood tests or endoscopy can make an accurate diagnosis.At home, you can track yourself if gluten really causes you discomfort, or you do auto-suggestion.Do not give up on flour products, thinking that it is good for health in any way.Some gluten-free diets deprive the body of essential fiber and many vitamins and minerals essential for health and well-being.

self-diagnosis: Dandruff

reason for suspicion: «Every winter my head flies flakes!Just look at my black sweater! ".

What can actually be: Flaking of the scalp can be a normal consequence of its dryness, and blame is not dandruff, and strong winds, dry air in heated rooms, the accumulation in the hair cosmetics and hard water.

If the cause is really a dry scalp, the flakes are transparent in appearance, and you will notice them on the hair rather than the skin itself.This dandruff caused by overgrowth of yeast harmless, has a dense structure, the whole visible surface of the scalp (as well as hair and clothes), itch extends throughout the head, and not only at selected areas.

is important to determine what exactly was the reason for the appearance of white flakes in the hair as a special anti-dandruff shampoos contain zinc pyrithione, or salicylic acid, which only reinforce the skin dryness.To prevent dryness of the scalp, wash your hair in warm, not hot water and choose moisturizing shampoos, conditioners and masks.

Tea tree oil - also a good tool that helps no matter what caused the appearance of flakes.It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as a powerful moisturizing effect.Add 4-5 drops of tea tree oil in a glass of water and pour into a spray bottle.Apply this agent to the hair 2-3 times per week instead of shampoo for 1-1.5 weeks.

self-diagnosis: hypothyroidism

reason for suspicion: «I was always tired and I can not lose weight."

What can actually be: Unexplained weight gain may be a symptom of depression or the result of taking antidepressants.Other drugs that can throw you extra weight, include beta-blockers, anticonvulsants and even anti-migraine and heartburn.In addition, it could be banal consequence of improper diet and lack of physical activity, making sure you will also experience fatigue and malaise.

Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function is accompanied by far not only fatigue and weight gain: you can start losing his hair, appears inexplicable feeling cold, the skin becomes more dry, begin muscle cramps and constipation.Good news: hypothyroidism is easy enough to install and fix.Ask your doctor about a blood test to measure the level of hormones that stimulate the thyroid gland.If the diagnosis is confirmed, the doctor will prescribe you a supplement with synthetic hormones.


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