Don’t ignore these symptoms
The human body can be truly incredible, yet totally bizarre. Your body even knows how to signal that something isn’t right with your health. Everything from skin rashes to a cough that just won’t quit could be a sign that your body is in trouble. Here’s what to watch out for, according to doctors.
Unintentional weight loss
If you’ve lost more than five kilograms with no diet or exercise changes, get it checked out, says Dr Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society. Unexplained weight loss happens most often with pancreatic, stomach, oesophageal, or lung cancer.
Damage to your teeth
“I often get referrals from dentists with patients who don’t feel heartburn or other reflux symptoms, but their teeth enamel is completely worn down,” says Dr Evan Dellon, a gastrointestinal (GI) specialist. Many are shocked to learn they have acid reflux. While sugary drinks wear down teeth at the front of your mouth, acid from your oesophagus tends to dissolve the enamel of teeth at the back.
Other subtle but suspicious symptoms of reflux include a persistent sore throat, coughing, unexplained wheezing, or a frequent foul taste in your mouth. If you or your dentist notice any of these warning signs, see a GI specialist promptly. Untreated reflux not only leads to tooth decay but can also increase your risk for oesophageal cancer. (Beware of these everyday mistakes that ruin your teeth.)