5 common symptoms that are safe to ignore 9



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Some symptoms as you age may seem frightening or serious when in fact they are harmless.

We’ve outlined five common conditions that you can stop worrying about…these symptoms are safe to ignore so you can stay out of the doctor’s waiting room.

With that being said, nothing beats a medical practitioner’s advice, so if you are truly concerned, it is better to be safe than sorry.


1. Bloody nose

Nosebleeds can be quite alarming when they occur but can usually be handled fairly easily. There are two types of nosebleeds: anterior (90% of all nosebleeds) that come from blood vessels at the front of the nose and are easy to control, whereas, posterior nosebleeds are less common and the blood comes from an artery in the back of the nose. Posterior nosebleeds are harder to control and cannot be stopped by pressure or packing. Though more often than not, it will be an anterior bloody nose. If the bleeding does not stop after 5 to 10 minutes of pressure, you may require a physician.


2. Bell’s palsy

Bell’s palsy is a paralysis or weakness of muscles on one side of the face. This damage to your facial nerve causes that side of your face to droop and is typically caused by inflammation. The condition can come on suddenly and is often mistaken as a stroke. Indeed a stroke can cause facial paralysis but there is no link between the conditions. With Bell’s palsy there is no weakness in the arm or confusion, instead only the face is involved.


3. Broken blood vessel in an eye

A broken blood vessel in your eye, also known as subconjunctival hemorrhage is usually a harmless condition and clears up within one to three weeks. The condition is not painful and there is no change in vision. It is typically caused by heavy lifting or even sneezing. However, if the broken blood vessels are persistently occurring it is a good idea to consult your doctor.


4. Heart palpitations

Heart palpitations is the feeling when your heart is beating too hard, skipped a beat or fluttering. It can be a frightening experience but they usually aren’t serious or harmful. Typically, they are related to stress or anxiety and go away on their own. They are also a frequent symptom in many pre and post-menopausal women. If it happens more than a few times however, the heart palpitations can be a sign of a more serious heart condition.


5. Cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever is usually a benign infectious disease caused by bacteria, following a scratch or bite from a cat within about a week. Symptoms include a tender, swollen lymph node near the site of the scratch or on the neck. Many people with swollen lymph nodes misdiagnose this and think they have lymphoma (a type of cancer). However, most people who get cat-scratch disease will not become very ill and will get over the infection without any specific treatment.


Have you ever worried about any of these conditions and it turned out to be nothing serious? Share with us below.

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  1. These symptoms can be very frightening and if you are worried should be checked out by a doctor just to be sure its not related to an underlying condition.

  2. Don’t ignore palpitations, they are never a good sign. You will need a check up if they happen more than once and are worrying you…

  3. Pamela is so right my palpitations turned out to be atrial fibrillation (AF) and have had two operations and they failed to stop it so need another soon. So make sure your doctor knows.

  4. bells palsy is a horrible thing to happen to you, drooping of the face. I was told it would either come good on its own, or never. Devastating news when you are only late 20s. Very hard to go out, with 3 children, and not be stared at. After 3 months, no improvement, hiding most of the time at home, my mother insisted on taking (paying) me to an osteopath, who treated me for 3 sessions and I at last got feeling back in my face. So, I disagree that it is a symptom not to be worried about.

  5. My cat bit me (just one bite on hand) after a scare from a third party. Ended up in intensive care for 3 days with 4 hourly obs! Hadn’t updated tetanus injection since childhood either. Be careful.

  6. Ignore this post. If you don’t have medical training or expertise any of these signs or symptoms can need medical assessment at the very least

  7. Well, after reading the comments to this written piece I’ve decided to ignore it and take the careful road if I get any of these symtoms.

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