Diseases and human health. What does it mean to be your own doctor?

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Red cheeks, cup-shaped nails or falling hair: even small signals of the body show how the health is. Modern observational diagnostics is known in medical science as a complementary diagnostic method.

Hairs

They can talk about many endocrine diseases (disorders in hormonal balances), but not only about these.

Thus, hair can fall out from a lack of iron, after infectious diseases, skin diseases such as ringworm, erysipelas, eczema, but also after chemotherapy during the treatment of a malignant disease.

Excessive growth of hair in women in typically male areas (mustache, beard, chest, abdomen (pubo-umbilical line)) can be indicative of changes in hormonal balance (hirsutism).

The ears

Here’s how the heart and joints look.

A deepened diagonal crease in the middle of the earlobe could indicate a high congenital risk for cardiovascular disease.

A clear sign of arthritis is small nodules in the earlobe, which are formed through uric acid crystals.

Nose

For some, you can tell the changes in life at the tip of the nose. In embarrassing cases, we often pick our nose, in pollen allergy sufferers, a wrinkle directly above the nose remains visible. If the skin around the nose and on the cheekbones reddens suspiciously, this may indicate alcohol abuse.

If both wrinkles are visible from the end of the nostrils to the corner of the mouth (nasolabial folds), there are probably stomach problems – however, this suspicion is debatable.

Mouth

A weak immune system or the lack of certain elements in the body leave visible traces here.

The corner of the mouth, constantly cracked, indicates a lack of iron or vitamin B 1 2 (comes with other signs of anemia). Even a mold infection can come into question as a cause. This is generally formed in a weakened immune system.

If inflammations (so-called sores) are often encountered in the oral mucosa, it could be the suspicion of autoimmune diseases such as allergies, rheumatism or multiple sclerosis.

The eyes

If there is a white circle around the eyeball, this indicates high blood cholesterol values.

Even small to medium yellow spots around the eyes can indicate high blood cholesterol levels, as they are cholesterol deposits. Red lines with dilations (small blood vessels burst) in the eye can be caused, among other things, by high blood pressure. If the whites of the eyes are yellow, this could be an indication of a diseased liver or gall bladder. If double sides appear on the lower eyelids of children, neurodermatitis is suspected.

Swollen eyelids are found in those allergic to flower pollen or in heart and kidney problems (result of edema in the connective tissue).

When the eyebrows grow with gaps and thin out mainly in the outer third of the eyebrow, a subfunction of the thyroid glands or neurodermatitis could be hidden behind this.

Peelings

Our largest organ testifies among other things to a disordered thyroid gland.

Pale facial skin – as well as discolored gums and dark circles under the eyes – indicate a lack of iron or folic acid. If the skin on the whole body is dry, cracked and scaly, it is probably a subfunction of the thyroid glands and as a result, a lack of the hormone thyroxine.

A red-brown, butterfly-shaped spot on both cheeks is formed in many women during pregnancy or during the use of birth control pills. This skin coloring is harmless and disappears, mostly again, as soon as the hormonal values ​​normalize. But sometimes it indicates Lupus, a rare inherited skin disease.

Tongue

A gray to white coating mainly indicates that we suffer from inflammation of the stomach or intestinal mucosa.

If, on the contrary, there is only a white layer in the middle of the tongue and on the inner side (mucosa) of the cheeks, it is probably a fungal infection, which affects the entire gastrointestinal tract.

A smooth red surface on the entire tongue (curved tongue) indicates a deficiency of vitamins of group B. The function and absorption of these vitamins are so dependent on each other that a deficiency of only one vitamin of this group is rarely encountered.

Hands

The risk of genetic diseases here is indicated early on.

Reddish palms are a clear sign of liver disease. They also appear in heavy smokers and in some cases even in pregnant women, as their metabolic activity has increased. If the joints of the hands and fingers are stretched more than normal (massive joints), a genetic disease of the connective tissue may be behind it. If the ring finger is longer than the index finger, this indicates a high risk of arthritis (rheumatism). The culprit for this is the lack of estrogen.

Fingernails

Dot-shaped pits that give the appearance of a sewing finger that may affect one or more nails may be seen in Psoriasis. Brittle, goblet-shaped nails with longitudinal lines are typical of iron deficiency anemia.

Nails in the shape of an hourglass accompanied by fingers in the shape of a drumstick can be found in diseases of the heart, liver, lungs or diseases of the digestive tract.

 

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