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How much should I worry about abdominal skin itching?

How much should I worry about abdominal skin itching?

Find the cause: Many conditions cause itching. Since you are specific about the abdomen, i'll focus on those that could cause itching there. Commonly recent weight gain can cause itching due to stretched skin. Nickel allergy can cause itching below the belly button due to contact with the metal snaps in jeans. Pressure from tight clothes can cause itching in people with dermatographism. These few come to mind. ...Read more

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Abdominal Skin Itching (Definition)

Itching is an irritating sensation that leads to the desire to scratch one's skin. Skin is the outermost ...Read more


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How much should I worry about skin ulcers?

How much should I worry about skin ulcers?

A lot: Skin ulcers if left untreated can lead to infection, loss of muscle, and even deep infection of the underlying bone. Ulcers are usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition that may require treatment such as diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. They may also be present in people with diminished sensation, poor mobility, or poor nutrition. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about abdominal swelling?

How much should I worry about abdominal swelling?

Yes, worry about it: Is your distension acute, &/or associated with fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding? If so, please get medical attention now. If, on the other hand, associated with painful constipation then consider possible c-ibs. Medical evaluation under the rome 3 criteria can exclude obstruction, ileus, ischemic disease, tumors, dysmotilities of the gut, rectal dysfunction. Urgency of care depends on the cause. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about rash and headache?

How much should I worry about rash and headache?

Possibly very: A purple rash and headache in combination with fever can be a sign of meningitis and requires emergency management. There are other possible causes without fever including; medicine side effect, viral illness, treatment with Amoxicillin while suffering from mononucleosis; list goes on. It really is best to be evaluated and, if with fever, immediately. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about abdominal distension?

How much should I worry about abdominal distension?

Depends: Abdominal distension is a very vague symptom, it could mean something as simple as gas or something more worrisome. Associated symptoms will help determine what to do next. My recommendation is a good history and physical exam by your physician will help determine how to proceed. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about scrotal pain?

How much should I worry about scrotal pain?

Scrotal pain: Scrotal pain should almost always be evaluated by a doctor. The most serious cause is twisting of the blood vessel in the scrotum with extreme pain. Another common cause is infection of the epididymis (part of the testicle) with a bacterium, particularly among younger males who are sexually active or older men. Other causes include hernias, kidney stones, nerve pain, or skin inflammation. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about urticaria?

How much should I worry about urticaria?

Hive Worry Index: On a scale of 1-10 (10 worst). Hives <6 weeks: 2. Hives >6 weeks: 3. After you see your doctor or allergist to rule-out the bad stuff: 2. Hives with swollen lips or eyelids (angioedema):4. Hives with swollen tongue:5. Angioedema without hives:5. Hives with vomiting, stomachache, difficulty breathing, passing out or nearly so:10. If score 3 or more see your doctor. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about bloating?

How much should I worry about bloating?

Not much: Reasons to be worried: blood in your stool, paun that awakens you, change in the shape of your stool, weight loss, nausea & vomiting. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about painful urination?

How much should I worry about painful urination?

Moderate concern: While even a "mild" urinary tract infection can have severe symptoms, there are many potential causes of infection, including usual and unusual bacteria, yeast, stds, and even other organisms. While many resolve on their own, depending upon associated medical conditions, sexual activity, age, immune status, medication use, and other factors, each case should be evaluated if it persists. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about eye pain?

How much should I worry about eye pain?

See your doctor: Too much worry can scare you into inaction. Most eye pain has simple causes such as dry eye and eye strain. Treatment is straightforward and should not be avoided out of fear. A healthy dose of worry is good, if it is enough to get you to see a doctor. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about excessive sweating?

How much should I worry about excessive sweating?

Depends: How badly does it bother you? Does it stink or is it just non-smelly sweating? You should discuss this with your primary care doctor who might recommend a dermatologist to look into this further. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about darkening of the skin?

How much should I worry about darkening of the skin?

Skin Darkening: If you have darkening of the skin under your arms, breasts, groin or any skin fold areas, that is called acanthosis nigricans and is due to elevated insulin. It is a usually due to Insulin resistance or diabetes but can be related to more serious problems. It would be good have your physician check. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about dysuria?

How much should I worry about dysuria?

Dysuria: Dysuria is the feeling of pain, burning, or discomfort upon urination. Although dysuria frequently indicates the presence of a urinary tract infection (UTI), it can have a variety of causes. Dysuria should always trigger a visit to a health-care professional for evaluation and diagnosis. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/dysuria/article_em.htm#dysuria_overview ...Read more

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How much should I worry about lower leg swelling?

How much should I worry about lower leg swelling?

Lower leg swelling: Lower leg swelling can be due to a variety of conditions. In addition to musculoskeletal causes, it can be due to cardiovascular and other medical conditions.; medications for high blood pressure can cause it, for example. You didn't indicate whether one or both legs are swollen, nor how long the condtion has lasted. I would recommend seeing your physician to have it checked out. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about bleeding tendency?

How much should I worry about bleeding tendency?

Should be evaluated: There are many reasons to have a bleeding tendency. This is something that should be worked up by your primary care physician or a hematologist. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about black stools?

How much should I worry about black stools?

Check for bleeding: If your stools are black, tarry (sticky) and have a bad odor - this could be gastrointestinal bleeding and should be checked out promptly. As stated in a previous answer, some medications can cause black stools. It is simple to test the stool to determine if it contains blood. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about bruising?

How much should I worry about bruising?

Usually not serious: Easy bruising is usually benign, the result of unnoticed injury. If accompanied by bleeding gums, heavy periods, a history of bleeding into joints or a history of bleeding in the stomach or intestines it should be evaluated. If you are worried it can be easily investigated with a few lab tests. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about coughing blood?

How much should I worry about coughing blood?

Not blood-tinged..: If a ptis coughing up frank blood (hemoptysis), then it's a potential emergency (e.g. Go to the energency department)- the next cough could break a large blood vessel. Otherwise, blood-tinged sputum can occur with forceful coughing with some smaller blood vessels breaking. In the latter scenario, as long as a person can breath fine, then schedue a visit with your doctor. ...Read more

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