Be Your Friend’s Doctor – Symptoms To Watch Out For In Others

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You probably think you know your best friend better than anyone else. And that is probably very true! It’s also going to be true of your partner. We know absolutely everything about our best friends and our partners, and can no doubt tell when even the slightest thing is bothering them. I’m sure you will be able to spot when they are in a bad mood and need a little time to themselves! But what if you notice something a bit more serious, like a symptom of a health condition perhaps? There can be some symptoms and changes in the body that we may not pick up on at first, but those around us do. For this reason, it is important to make sure you register if you notice any changes in your friends or partner, and speak up whenever you think they need to get a certain symptom checked out. After all, if you know them better than anyone, then you are very likely to spot these symptoms and changes.

So, what are the symptoms that you need to look out for? Here are some common ones that your friend or partner may not notice at first. I’m sure you will quickly pick up on them, though!

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Persistent Cough

Both you and your friend or partner will notice if either of you develop a cough. All that coughing and spluttering could disturb your Netflix binges! But we can quickly become used to coughs, especially when they aren’t too tickly or phlegmy. In fact, we can often become so used to them that we may forget we even have a cough. But one thing is for sure if your friend starts to get used to their cough, you certainly won’t. That’s because we find it very annoying when someone else is coughing! If you notice that your friend has had their cough for quite some time, it is a good idea to persuade them to get it checked out by a doctor. That’s because a persistent cough can be a symptom of various health conditions, including some very serious ones like lung cancer, allergies, and respiratory tract infections.

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Sleepless Nights

Have you noticed that your partner tosses and turns in bed next to you each night? If this is keeping you awake at night, they probably won’t be getting a lot of sleep either. If these sleepless nights continue for at least a month, there could be a medical reason why your partner isn’t able to drop off at night. Sleep is super important, and the body needs it to function properly through the day. Because of this, it is very important that your partner goes to the doctor to see why they aren’t sleeping so well. The most common reasons are stress and mental health problems.

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Increased Drinking

We all enjoy a small tipple every now and then, and most people find that it really helps them relax. Especially at the end of a very long day in the office! However, it is important to remember that the safe amount of alcohol to consume in a day is quite low. You should also remember that it is important to have some alcohol-free days each week. If you notice that a friend or your partner has started to drink a lot more than they used to, they could need some help. This could be a sign that they are suffering from an addiction. If you believe this to be the case, you need to speak openly with them and let them know that you are there for them. It could also be worth finding a rehab center for them, where they can get professional help for their addiction. Characteristics of a quality addiction treatment center include qualified staff and individual treatment programs. When you are looking for the best addiction center in your area, make sure that it has all of these characteristics.

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Eye Problems

When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we rarely have a good look into our eyes. That is why it is often other people who point out visible eye changes to us. So, if you notice what looks like a foreign object in your friend’s eye or they seem to change color, it is important that you tell them so that they can get things checked out by their optician.One common issue is discoored eyes. If you notice that the white in your friend’s eyes has started to look discolored and slightly yellow, you should tell them so that they can book an appointment with an expert. This is, more often than not, a symptom of jaundice, which can be caused by a variety of health conditions like glandular fever and liver cancer. An optician will refer the patient to a doctor if this is suspected who can start the whole diagnosis process.

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Stress

Lots of us experience stress at work these days. However, there is no excuse for your job causing you excessive amounts of stress. However, if you or someone you know is currently suffering from stress, there is plenty you can do. You just need to recognize it first. More often than not, it is easier to recognize in other people than yourself. Symptoms you should watch out for in your friends and partner include a very short temper, insomnia, and headaches. There are a lot of other symptoms too, from random aches and pains to rapid heartbeat and a loss of sexual desire. If you believe that someone you know is suffering from stress, you should try and convince them to book an appointment with their doctor. That way, they can then nip things in the bud before things deteriorate. Living with too much stress for too long can increase the risk of heart disease and mental health problems.

It’s a good idea to watch out for symptoms in your friends and family members as it could help them get an early diagnosis for a number of illnesses and health conditions.

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