More and more research shows that some changes in parts of the body can be a warning sign for certain types of diseases, such as lung cancer. If you pay more attention to your body, you can decipher these signs and manage early on the condition you may have.
According to the Daily Mail, certain changes that occur in the eyes, nose and lips may be an alarm signal. Here's what to watch out for:
Falling eyelids, stroke lung cancer
Diseases that can affect the facial nerves cause weakness or paralysis on one side of the face, which can make it difficult to close the eyelid and cause the corners of the mouth. Also, fallen eyelids can also be caused by a stroke, other symptoms of which are speech difficulties (wheezing) and weakness in the arms.
Arm pain, another sign of lung cancer
Less commonly, however, falling eyelids can be a sign of lung cancer, a tumor on the tip of one of the lungs can put pressure on a group of nerves that are related to the eyes. Other symptoms of lung cancer include arm and shoulder pain, weakening of the hands and a tingling sensation in the palm.
"Injected" look, possibly hypertension
Most often, red and itchy eyes are associated with pollinosis. The immune system overreacts to pollen, causing allergic reactions. As for the infection of the iris, it is related to ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis characterized by the fact that the body attacks its own tissues, including those in the eyes. And occasionally the whole eye may turn red, as a result of a bleeding (caused by either an accident – more often, or hypertension – less often).
Muscle breakdown, a sign of stress
Miochemistry, as it is scientifically referred to as eye contouring, is characterized by spasms of the eyelid muscles (every few seconds). Stress can cause this problem because it stops the absorption of vitamin B, known to maintain the health of the eye muscle. That fight can occur in other parts of the body, such as the stomach.
Persistent spasms, which occur over several days or even weeks, can also be caused by diseases that affect the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis. Other symptoms of this condition include problems of balance, numbness and blurred vision.
Rings around the iris, high cholesterol
The appearance of white rings around the iris is known as a sign of high cholesterol. Brown rings in the same area may be a sign of Wilson's disease, a genetic condition that prevents the body from escaping excess copper. First, the liver is affected, and after the copper reaches the bloodstream it "travels" to other organs, including the eyes. Symptoms of this disease include walking, tremor and confusion. It usually occurs in people up to 35 years old.
A sign of iron deficiency
When the inside of your lower eyelid is pale instead of reddish, it may be anemia (a lack of iron), which can often make you cold, dizzy, and feel weak, irritated. Men need about 8.7 mg of iron daily, and women need 14.8 mg. Good sources of iron are red meat, beans, nuts and most green leafy vegetables.
Cracks in the lips indicate anemia
Cracks in the lips or inflammation in the corners of the mouth can be caused by anemia or diabetes. In the case of anemia, the production of red blood cells, essential for healthy skin, slows down. With regard to diabetes, this disease leads to the accumulation of too much glucose in the blood, which may favor the development of candidiasis, a fungus that attacks especially the corners of the mouth.