The Doctors did a show called Scary Symptoms that are harmless, where they covered topics like Heart Palpitations, Nosebleeds, Hair Loss and Bloating. How do you know when these medical symptoms are serious versus when they are harmless? Read on for the answers!
The Doctors: Night Sweats
The Doctors brought on a woman who has terrible night sweats and she has had them for years on a regular basis. She wakes up in the middle of the night and her sheets are soaked, but she says that she is not going through menopause. Dr Travis Stork said that clearly if this has been going on for years and she is still healthy, then it is probably a good sign that everything is ok.
The Doctors: Causes of Night Sweats
– Medications like cholesterol lowering medications can cause you to have night sweats.
– The temperature in the room can cause Night Sweats.
– Dr Lisa Masterson said that Peri-Menopause or Menopause of course can cause Night Sweats.
– Thyroid Disorders can also cause Night Sweats.
– Anxiety can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and even to have Night Sweats.
So clearly there are many potential causes for Night Sweats! If they show up out of no where though, they could be the sign of an acute infection. And if you notice weight loss or other changes along with the Night Sweats, it is potentially even a sign of Cancer.
The Doctors: How to Stop Nosebleeds
Dr Jim Sears said that the dry air (especially in the winter) dries out nostrils and can lead to more nosebleeds, especially in kids who tend to pick their nose. When your nose is dried out, the blood vessels are more likely to have problems, which is why you must keep your nose moist. You can try a saline mist, vaseline or even neosporin. Of course, if you get a nosebleed, lean your head forward and pinch your nose. Nosebleeds can be serious though, because they can mean that you have a Clotting Disorder or your blood pressure could be extremely high. Leukemia can also lead to unexplained nosebleeds if you have never had them before.
The Doctors: Can a Runny Nose be Dangerous?
The Doctors said that something usually triggers a runny nose, like allergies. So the first step is to do some allergy testing. However, a runny nose can be the sign of something more serious in very rare cases. For example, you can get a chronic runny nose if you have a Cerebral Spinal Leak.
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