Detecting Disease


If you see dark lines under fingernails
Large mole is not the only sign of skin cancer – the disease can also develop under the nail. The lines of yellow, brown, or black is a sign of cell damage, possibly due to melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer), says Ariel Ostad, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.

With early detection and treatment, about 95 percent of cases can be cured, so see your doctor immediately if you find the skin symptoms.

If you see a bright white lines
All persons often have white spots on their fingernails (usually it’s a sign that your fingers pinched in a drawer), but if you see the color change with the length of the horizontal lines on the surface of the nail and you are feeling tired lately, it could be bad news on the kidney.

“The lines may be a sign that the kidneys can not filter out the protein to keep it out of your urine,” says Ostad. That means your body is losing protein faster than you konusmsi – and it can lead to kidney failure. Visit your doctor for a urine test as soon as possible.

If you see a piece of skin rough and dark
Did you just go to the sea for sunbathing? If not, these symptoms mean you are likely to experience diabetes, said Michael Smith, MD, medical editor in chief of WebMD. Excess insulin in the blood stream can cause skin cells to grow abnormally quickly, causing buildup of tissue and melanin.

This makes the skin look darker and feel thicker. “It most often occurs in the armpit, neck or groin,” said Smith. A simple blood test can determine whether you suffer from the disease or not, which occurs in about 24 million Americans – nearly a quarter of them are undiagnosed.

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If you see small lumps, soft or glossy white look
The good news: It’s not acne. The bad news: It’s a small savings from the cholesterol, Smith said.

Unfortunately, “when they appear, your cholesterol levels are very high, this is a serious risk factor for heart disease.” However, reducing your cholesterol levels by 10 percent can reduce the risk of a third less.

See your doctor for a cholesterol check, and ask him about lifestyle changes or prescription drugs that can lower your cholesterol levels.


If you notice hair thinning
Excessive hair loss is a common indicator of thyroid disorder, which occurs in about 10 percent of American women. When your thyroid (a gland in the neck) is damaged, it can disrupt the balance of sex hormones male and female. The result: more strands of your hair feels rough and brittle, says Sandra Fryhofer, MD, a physician in Atlanta.

Your doctor can measure the amount of thyroid hormone in your blood – if the level is too much or too little, you will need medication to manage it.

If you see your scalp fall like snake skin
If your scalp flakes suddenly make your shoulders look like the Alps the winter, you need to be vigilant. “Levels of severe stress causes your body produces excessive amounts of the hormone cortisol,” says Ostad. “In addition to wreaking havoc on the immune system (making you more susceptible to the flu) and metabolism (makes you fatter), cortisol can also make your scalp dry.”

A dandruff shampoo products can reduce scalp hair loss, but if you really want to shoulder that is free of snow, try to get more sleep, breathe more deeply, and loosen your busy schedule.


If you look at the hair thick, black pointy toes
Forest growing in your stomach is thick enough to hide a family of hobbits? Thick hair, coarse elongated in the direction of the navel (not grow down from the top of the pubic bone) can be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), says Pamela Berens, MD, an expert in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Medical School.

Caused by an excess production of androgens, the condition can cause irregular periods or heavy, weight gain, acne, and hair thick, black abdomen, face, chest, and back. One in 10 women suffer from PCOS, which can be a serious risk factor, such as infertility and heart disease.

If you have these symptoms, see a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, he may prescribe birth control pills to restore your hormones.


If you see a layer of white, yellow, or orange
If your tongue looks as if painted in bright colors, you might spill your guts while sleeping, said Fryhofer. Normally, one-way valve at the bottom of the esophagus to make sure that everything will go up not down. Acid reflux occurs when the valve is opened spontaneously and your guts out of your throat, making your tongue coated with acid indigestion and you will have a breath odor.

Most reflux can be treated with OTC antacids or simply by avoiding acidic and spicy foods, if these steps do not work, see your doctor. You may need a prescription medication to reduce your body’s production of stomach acid.


If you look at the circles under the eyes that never lost
Unless it has a side job as a radio announcer at midnight, dark circles suddenly appear may be associated with allergies. A chain reaction, according to Ostad, goes like this: A allergens invade your body, which triggers the release of histamine response, these chemicals make blood vessels swell with blood and other fluids, and as a result: the dark areas appear on the thinnest skin.

Allergen skin test can determine what is causing the symptoms.

If you see yellow spots in your eyeball
No, you do not suffer from the rare cases of acne optics. In contrast, slightly raised patches on the whites of your eyes is a symptom of a harmless condition called pinguecula. “This is nothing more than an overgrowth of collagen which is triggered by damage due to sun, wind, or dust,” said Traci Goldstein, an ophthalmologist at the Metropolitan Vision Correction Associates in New York City.

Keep your eye to keep it moist with drops and always wear eye protection while outdoors (make sure your sunglasses offer 100 percent protection against UVA and UVB rays) to prevent the patches grow larger.

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