Category:Signs And Symptoms
Health Articles on Signs And Symptoms
|Signs and Symptoms|
This category is not intended to enable the reader to diagnose his own sickness. Its purpose is to give you a clue as to why you or someone in your home may have a certain symptom. Suppose you have a fever. By turning to the word Fever, as it appears in alphabetical order, you will find what fever is, what mechanism in the body causes it, and the types of disease in which it occurs.
Of the several listed causes of fever one or more could apply in your case. Then check where these possible causes are discussed and look them up, comparing the description given with your own symptoms. Thus you will gain a fairly good idea of how serious your condition might be and will be guided in what to do next.
Or perhaps look up the word Headache. Note the causes of headache. If it seems that in your case the headaches are more than just tension headaches, then you will want to consult your doctor. You will not try to stifle them by using a drugstore remedy. You will want to discover the actual cause and cure the headaches at their source.
Not all of the entries in the alphabetical list are names of symptoms. Some are names of parts of the body. For instance, Abdomen, Masses in the Abdomen; Bladder, Loss of Control of the Bladder; and Breast, Tenderness in the Female Breast. So, if you don't know the medical term for your symptom, you can still find help by looking up the name of the part of the body involved.
If you have trouble in finding a listing which fits the symptom with which you are concerned, try to think of some other word that could apply. For example, if you want to know the possible reason for sore "kernels" that appear just under the jaw, you will not find an entry for the term "kernel." Think about it a minute, and you will realize that the so-called "kernels" are really sore lumps. Looking for the word Lumps, you will find an entry which reads, Lumps in Neck, Under Arms, in Groin.
For the most part, listings do not include the names of diseases. Here we are concerned with symptoms. If you want to find out about hay fever, type it in the search box, and you will find other results for hay fever as well. But in the list that follows you will find an entry for Sneezing, a prominent symptom of hay fever.
This category is not primarily concerned with emergencies. There are some borderline matters, though, which are mentioned both here and in the category Emergencies. Shock can be both a symptom and emergency. The same is true of hemorrhage. So these items are listed in both categories. When in doubt on where to find an item, use the search box of the site.