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3 Small Medical Issues that May Indicate a Big Problem

We all have our medical issues, and most of us share common experiences. But, for the most part, we shrug something off or take an OTC remedy like painkillers or drops. And we mosey on through life like nothing’s wrong. But minor medical issues can lead to big ones, and it isn’t uncommon for the little things to be the body’s way of telling you something is wrong.

For many minor issues, this is relatively fine as small medical problems are usually just that and nothing to worry about. However, a recurring infection, a profound loss of a sense, or continuous and infrequent pain might be more serious. If this is the case, then professional health care should be sought as soon as possible.

An Ear Infection

You have probably had this yourself. The ear infection is widespread and usually goes away after a few days of a bit of pain, discomfort, pressure, or itching. The most common cause is an excess of wax through overproduction or not shedding enough when drying off. OTC ear drops are effective in most cases but can take up to two weeks to clear the wax. 

However, hearing loss also accompanies an ear infection, but an ear infection can indicate hearing loss. If this is the case, then consult an audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist. Either of these can check for more severe issues, and should a hearing loss occur, a HIS can arrange a hearing aid fitting as part of the service to get your hearing back on track.

Loss of Smell or Taste

A change or loss of smell and taste isn’t usually anything severe and, in most cases, will remedy itself after a brief period. However, while this is happening, the way you taste some things can become distorted. The things that once tasted pleasant can become revolting. Additionally, if there is a complete loss of taste, eating food can become depressing and make you not want to do it.

While this might have been nothing to worry about a couple of years ago, loss of taste and smell is a significant symptom of Covid-19. The Covid-19 pandemic has killed almost 5 million people globally and continues to do so. If you have a loss of taste and smell in addition to fever and flu-like symptoms, then schedule a Covid-19 test ASAP and consult your GP.

Memory Problems

Usually associated with getting older, memory issues can be relatively minor or become a significant issue. Of course, we are all forgetful sometimes, but this is usually down to external factors such as having too many things to do, insufficient sleep, or even stress. But while it’s easy to blame other issues on temporary memory problems, they can be a sign of something much more severe.

If you begin to struggle with names, faces, and dates that you should know, such as family, friends, and your kids’ birthdays, then serious health problems could be looming. A brain injury, stroke, or infection can cause memory lapses. In the worst case, especially if you are older, Alzheimer’s is a genuine threat. Your doctor will be all too happy to listen for any memory concerns and can perform a battery of tests to determine the cause.;tid=1;dt=6;

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