Testicular Cancer

What to look for... The earliest warning signs of testicular cancer usually include: a change in their size or shape. swelling or thickening of the testicles. a firm, smooth, painless, slow-growing lump in a testicle. a feeling of testicular heaviness. Other symptoms of testicular cancer may include: urinary problems. an abdominal mass or…

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Sexual Dysfunction

This is the inability of either or both partners to fully enjoy sexual intercourse. What to look for For men, you may have a sexual problem if you: ejaculate prematurely do not ejaculate. are unable to have sustain an erection; see Impotence. feel pain during intercourse. lack sexual desire consistently For women, you may…

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

These are a wide range of different disease which are all acquired as a result of having sexual intercourse with a person who has already contracted the infection. What to look for     a white, yellow, green, grey, or blood-streaked discharge that may have a strong smell. genital and/or anal itching. a…

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Snoring

This can be described as heavy breathing which sounds like snorting when asleep. What to look for Unusual breathing patterns during sleep. Snoring is usually harmless although very annoying for the person who has to hear it. It can be loud and continuous throughout the whole time a person is asleep. Or it…

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Stomach Ulcers

These are holes or loss of tissue in the lining of the stomach or the duodenum. What to look for burning upper abdominal pain. black, or bloody stools. The most common type are duodenal. The second most common are gastric ulcers, which develop in the stomach. Duodenal ulcers, whose typical symptoms are recurrent…

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Stress

Stress can be said to be our physical or emotional reactions to outside stimuli that is beyond what is normally experienced by us. What to look for Physical symptoms may include headache, fatigue, insomnia, digestive changes, neck or backache, loss of appetite, or overeating, increased use of tobacco or alcohol, tics or twitches. Psychological symptoms may include tension or anxiety, anger,…

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Pain Chronic

Pain that tends to last longer than 6 months can be termed chronic. What to look for The condition may include weakness, numbness, tingling, or other sensations, along with sleeping difficulties, a lack of energy, and depression. Some common forms of chronic pain are: this type of pain can include headaches, muscle, back or…

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Prostate Cancer

As with most cancers, early prostate cancer does not cause noticeable symptoms. If the cancer causes the prostate to swell or if the cancer spreads you will notice - a frequent need to urinate. difficulty starting or stopping the urinary stream and a burning sensation when urinating or ejaculating. a weak or interrupted…

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Prostate Problems

These include problems occurring in the prostate such as cancer, prostatitis or enlargement of the prostate. What to look for For an enlarged prostate:     difficulties in urination (including a weak or intermittent stream, getting up frequently at night, straining, dribbling, or inability to empty the bladder). For acute prostatitis: frequent, difficult…

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition whereby areas are covered in pink or red coloured patches with white scales. What to look for deep pink, raised patches of skin with white scales appearing anywhere on the body except the face. pitting and thickening of the fingernails and toenails. The skin cells multiply much faster…

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Impotence

This is the inability in men to be able to have sexual intercourse. What to look for The most obvious symptom is the failure to have an erection. However there are some other factors to consider - if your impotence appears only occasionally it is not usually a serious problem as this is…

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Indigestion

Indigestion is a type of pain and sick feeling after eating food. What to look for heartburn. gas or burping. abdominal pressure and flatulence. mild nausea. vomiting. We should not normally notice the digestion process. Indigestion is a term that covers a large variety of assorted stomach problems but mostly it means pain…

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Gallstones

Gallstones are hard, round lumps of solid material usually composed of either cholesterol or bile. What to look for severe pain indigestion. fever. severe nausea and vomiting. jaundice. Gallstones develop in the gall bladder (a small, organ that stores bile which a digestive juice produced by the liver. The stones may be as…

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Hair Loss

What to look for in men, thinning hair on the scalp, a receding hairline. in women, thinning of hair in general, but mainly at the crown. in children or young adults, sudden loss of patches of hair; known as alopecia areata (this also can occur in adults). complete loss of all hair on the body;…

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Heart Attack

A Heart Attack happens when something has blocked the flow of blood into your heart, and a part of your heart has died. What to look for a dull or heavy pain in the centre of the chest breathlessness, dizziness, nausea, chills, sweating, weak pulse. cold and clammy skin, grey pallor, a severe…

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Heart Disease

What to look for tight, suffocating chest pain, often associated with angina and heart attack. sensations of fluttering, thumping, pounding, or racing of the heart, known as palpitations. shortness of breath. fluid retention in the legs, ankles, abdomen, lungs, or heart. light headedness, weakness, dizziness, or fainting spells. Please be aware that sometimes heart disease…

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Hernia

This is a protrusion through a weakness in the abdominal wall. It can be either external or internal. What to look for swelling in the abdomen or groin. a heavy feeling in the abdomen that is sometimes accompanied by constipation. discomfort in the abdomen or groin when lifting or bending over. A hernia…

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Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a crystalline fatty alcohol found especially in animal fats, blood and nerve tissue and bile. What to look for A high level of cholesterol in the blood does not have obvious symptoms but it can be a risk for other circulatory conditions that do have recognisable symptoms. Obesity and diabetes. impotence Cholesterol is…

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This is a condition which is characterised by overwhelming fatigue. What to look for recent onset of extreme fatigue. fatigue resulting not from any type of exertion and that you cannot relieve with rest or sleep. sore muscles. long-lasting discomfort following physical exertion. sleep disorders (insomnia or oversleeping). swollen lymph glands. joint pain.…

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Cirrhosis

This is a liver disease characterised by a gradual annihilation of the liver cells. These cells are progressively replaced with fibrous tissue, which then leads to hardening. What to look for ... Usually no symptoms appear until the disease has entered the late stages as the disease tends to come on gradually. When…

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Depression

Depression is a state of feeling 'down' which lasts for a long but indefinite period of time What to look for For major depression, you may experience four or more of the following: persistent sadness, pessimism. feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness. loss of interest or enjoyment in nearly every aspect of…

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Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where there is an abnormally high level of sugar in the blood. What to look for The symptoms vary depending on which type of diabetes is the cause: excessive thirst and appetite. increased urination both in the frequency and amount passed. weight loss. fatigue. nausea, perhaps vomiting. blurred vision.…

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Adenoid Problems

Adenoids are lymph glands, located at the back of the nose where the air passages join those of the back of the mouth. The lymph system is the body's defence against infection and the lymph glands (like the adenoids) are full of infection-fighting cells. Any infection breathed in is filtered through the adenoids…

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Alcohol Abuse

What to look for... The following symptoms are associated with abuse of alcohol: temporary blackouts or memory loss. recurrent arguments or fights with family members or friends. continuing use of alcohol to relax, to cheer up, to sleep, to deal with problems, or to feel "normal". work, money and family problems. headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea,…

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Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer's disease is a disorder in which there is a progressive decaying of brain tissue. It is characterised by a decline in mental and emotional capabilities. What to look for... mood changes: depression, paranoia, agitation, anxiety, selfishness, childish behaviour. disorientation, confusion, inattention, loss of memory for recent events, inability to retain new information. tendency to misplace…

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Anxiety

Anxiety is a state of being worried about certain real or imagined events or situations. What to look for heart palpitations. tics or twitches recurring headaches or migraine indigestion and bowel irregularity sense of impending doom. inability to concentrate. muscle tension; muscle aches. diarrhoea. chest pain. dry mouth. excessive sweating. undereating or overeating. insomnia. irritability.…

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Baldness

Baldness is the loss of hair anywhere on the body, usually on the scalp region. It is usually hereditary and affects men. However females can be affected by baldness also. What to look for thinning of hair in general, however, each hair strand becomes thinner and shorter until the roots produce nothing but…

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Blisters

A blister is raised section of skin which is full of a watery substance and is usually caused by aggravated rubbing orburns What to look for one or more bubbles of skin filled with clear fluid, ranging from pinpoint size to more than one-half inch in diameter usually accompanied by pain, swelling and…

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Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is pressure in the arteries as the heart pumps blood around the body. What to look for There are generally no symptoms for high blood pressure as the early stages of hypertension may take a few years to develop A higher than normal blood pressure. Normal for young and middle aged…

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