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Little Signs and Symptoms That Could Reveal Larger Health Issues

First of all, we don’t want to scare you. As always, if you are nervous about any health issues, go see a healthcare provider before jumping to conclusions. You know that feeling when you look up a small symptom online, and you read multiple things can be wrong with you?? That is a scary feeling and most of the time it isn’t even true! However, there are some little symptoms that can carry a greater risk. Here are some common small signs that you need to get checked out by a doctor for something more serious:

  1. If you start turning orange and aren’t using any fake tanner, you might be consuming too much beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is found in yellow-orange fruits and vegetables like carrots, oranges, peaches and sweet potatoes. Tomatoes can have a similar effect. This isn’t really a harmless condition and should go away when you start to eat less of these items.1
  2. If your tongue is suddenly smooth and swollen, instead of bumpy, you might be lacking B12 or iron. It could also be a side effect of menopause because of hormonal changes. If it doesn’t go away within 10 days or you start to have trouble talking or breathing, see your doctor right away.1
  3. Even if you don’t find a lump, if your skin starts to dimple in your breasts and you also experience pain, swelling or nipple discharge, you might be at risk for breast cancer.1
  4. If you start experiencing green, yellow or dark colored discharge coming out of your belly button, you probably have a fungal, bacterial or yeast infection. Watch for other symptoms in your body and see your doctor to find the cause so you can heal it.1
  5. If you have bumps on your eyelids, it could mean your cholesterol levels have risen, which is a risk for many diseases.1
  6. If your nails have started to spoon, which means they flattened and become like a spoon shape that can hold water, you might have an iron or celiac deficiency. Try an elimination diet and adding more iron to your diet. If neither works, see your doctor for tests.1
  7. If you notice any little thing wrong with your body and it persists for more than 10 days and accompanies other symptoms, just head to your doctor to be safe rather than sorry.1

Do you ever worry about little weird symptoms? Have you ever had something small turn into something more serious? Share your story below!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing