Don’t worry: We lose an average of 50 to 100 hairs per day. Not much when you consider that there are more than 100,000 on the scalp. But seeing a lot of them suddenly accumulate in the bottom of the shower is not normal, although the cause is usually benign: illness, surgery, stress, high fever, diet, or hormonal changes, such as those induced by childbirth or menopause.
If that’s one of those reasons, only time can fix it. Sometimes it takes four to seven months before it regains its usual hair density.
Unless: Hypothyroidism, an insufficient production of hormones by the thyroid gland, weakens hair because the disease slows down metabolism and disrupts the hair growth cycle. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to complications, such as heart disease. However, he manages well with medication.
Visible skin changes are one of the symptoms of cancer that men tend to ignore.
red spot in the eye
Don’t worry: Suddenly a spot of blood appears on the white of his eye. Fortunately, this alarming symptom is usually harmless. A blood vessel can burst (known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage) when you cough, sneeze, or even push too hard on the toilet seat. Certain medications, especially anticoagulants, are a predisposing factor. The blood then accumulates under the transparent protective layer of the white of the eye, or even diffuses around it. It takes about two weeks to absorb.
Unless: If you notice a red spot, be on the lookout (no pun intended) for other symptoms. If the bruises appear spontaneously on other parts of the body, the problem could be more serious. It could be diabetes or a bleeding disorder.
Ringing in the ears
Don’t worry: Is this buzzing, hissing, or buzzing coming from outside or is it in the head? Tinnitus is a surprisingly common phenomenon: 43% of Canadians will experience an episode in their lifetime. Most of the time, it only lasts a few minutes, hours, or days, but it can last for a long time. Hearing loss is the most common cause, whether temporary -caused by a very loud noise, for example- or permanent, such as that due to aging (75% of subjects over 70 years of age suffer a more or less severe hearing loss ).
Tinnitus is not a medical emergency, but in the long term it affects the quality of life: the composer Ludwig van Beethoven suffered from it since he was 30 years old and contemplated suicide. “It’s a phenomenon that we don’t fully understand,” says Dr. Vance Tran, a family physician in Pickering, Ontario. It is thought to be related to the way transmissions from a dysfunctional auditory nervous system are perceived.
An ear exam is essential, because tinnitus can also be caused by an obstruction, such as a plug of earwax. Good news: if the cause is hearing loss due to aging, a hearing aid will improve the situation.
Unless: If the noise is rhythmic or pulsating, consult immediately. It can be a symptom of narrowing of the carotid artery near your temple, putting you at risk for a stroke. In this case, surgery may be needed to clear the artery.
Remember to watch for these disease symptoms that should not be overlooked.