There is no such thing as perfect health. Our body goes through a lifelong process of fighting off disease and deficiencies and dealing with hormonal balance issues. And since we are exposed to a lot more environmental pollutants than the previous generation, we have so much more health issues to deal with!
To these pollutants and irritants, our bodies react in a certain way. This can be in the way of sneezing, snoring, or random itches! But every single one of these behaviors can indicate a serious health issue. Here’s a list of behavioral symptoms that your body provides and what it might be trying to tell you.
Sneezing is the body’s way of removing dust from the nasal passages. It happens to all of us. However, if you sneeze too often, and if that is accompanied by blockages and sinusitis, it could be a sign of allergic rhinitis. In this condition, the nasal passages get irritated due to allergens and thus cause you to sneeze continuously. Treating the problem on time will give you relief, avoid extensive sneezing, and also prevent the onset of an infection due to inflamed membranes.1
Many of us think snoring is normal, but it isn’t. Snoring indicates a blocked airway. This can be temporary due to a cold or more chronic in people who are obese. Snoring, in rare cases, can even lead to sleep apnea or the inability to breathe while you sleep. Not to mention, it is highly distressing for your partners.2 To reduce snoring, sleep in the correct posture, try to lose weight, and avoid unhealthy habits like alcohol consumption. You can also approach a doctor to figure things out.
3. Mucus In The Throat
If you experience mucus formation in the back of the throat, it is because of the mucus dripping from the nasal passage. Many people experience it when they have a cough or a cold. However, if you experience it all the time, or more often than not, it could be a sign of underlying allergies.
In such cases of possible severe allergies, you need to identify what you are allergic to and treat the problem accordingly. Immunotherapy, which works more or less like a vaccine, is one of the many treatments available for allergies.3
4. Eye Discharge
It is normal to see some eye discharge in the morning after you wake up and there’s no cause to be alarmed. However, any discharge that doesn’t look normal, is a slightly odd color, and is accompanied by itching is a cause for concern. Viral conjunctivitis causes itching and severe watering of the eyes. Bacterial conjunctivitis causes the discharge to be white or yellowish. Both problems need immediate medical attention.4
Some amount of stress, called eustress, is good for us. It makes us move out of our comfort zone and do new things. However, chronic stress, which makes us feel worthless and undervalued, is highly dangerous. Not only does it increase the risk of heart disease but also makes us more prone to depression, fatigue, and occupational loss.5 6
Deal with stress by practicing relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, or any form of exercises. Go out with people you like more often and concentrate on hobbies that make you happy.
6. Unexplained Rashes
Some people tend to have more sensitive skin than others. The skin can be prone to a rash at the slightest exposure to the sun or even just by being outdoors. While this is normal, a rash that doesn’t go away once it appears could be a sign of leukemia.
All rashes that are persistent and accompanied by other forms of bruising must always be evaluated more closely.7 That said, not all rashes are due to cancer. In fact, most rashes are completely harmless. All you need to do is study the signs carefully.
Which of these common symptoms have you experienced? If you have, stop giving it time and find ways to treat them asap.
|↑1||Allergic rhinitis. U.S. National Library Of Medicine.|
|↑2||Snoring. U.S. National Library Of Medicine.|
|↑3||ALLERGY SHOTS (IMMUNOTHERAPY). American Academy Of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.|
|↑4||Conjunctivitis. NHS UK.|
|↑5||Yudkin, John S., Meena Kumari, Steve E. Humphries, and Vidya Mohamed-Ali. “Inflammation, obesity, stress and coronary heart disease: is interleukin-6 the link?.” Atherosclerosis 148, no. 2 (2000): 209-214.|
|↑6||Hammen, Constance. “Stress and depression.” Annu. Rev. Clin. Psychol. 1 (2005): 293-319.|
|↑7||Signs and Symptoms of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. American Cancer Society.|