Stating that diseases can sometimes be reflected on our faces, Prof. Dr. Uludüz warned, “Many symptoms, from changes in skin color to yellow spots around the eyes, can sometimes be a sign of a serious problem.”
While some diseases progress insidiously, some may manifest themselves with different signals in our body. These signals may sometimes appear with pain, swelling or bleeding on the skin. ”Don’t forget to do a mini check-up for yourself when you look in the mirror.
“Recognizing and caring about a change in your face and consulting a doctor on time is very important for early diagnosis and treatment,” said Neurologist Prof. Dr. Derya Uludüz listed the changes on our face that may be signs of disease as follows:
When the body cannot produce sufficient amounts of red blood cells, anemia occurs, causing the face to look pale and accompanied by fatigue. Low blood pressure causes pale skin when the body cannot provide adequate oxygen and blood flow. Chronic kidney failure, cancer or chemotherapy also cause pale skin. Excessive blood loss or internal bleeding and thyroid problems also cause the skin to appear pale.
Most rashes are not serious and will heal on their own, but this is unusual. A flushed or red facial appearance specifically indicates that the body is deprived of oxygen and is trying to increase red blood cells to increase oxygen. However, facial redness suggests the presence of an allergic condition or high blood pressure. Covering both cheeks in a butterfly shape is a common symptom of lupus disease. You may have an accompanying fever, painful joints, and fingers that turn purple in the cold. See your doctor if you have an unexplained rash, especially if it comes with other symptoms.
3-Bruising on the lips
Bruising around the lips (known as cyanosis) may be the result of a heart or lung condition. In mitral valve disease due to rheumatism, the lips are purple and the cheeks are red.
4-Swelling under the eyes
This problem occurs as a result of the weakening of the tissues and muscles that support the eyelids. An excessively salty diet is the most common cause of under-eye puffiness when you wake up. Insomnia, allergies, excessive smoking, and thyroid diseases can also cause this swelling. Your kidneys, bladder, stomach and liver are reflected in your eyes. Puffy eyes indicate that your body is not properly clearing or detoxifying fluid.
5-Jaundice in the skin and eyes
These symptoms suggest jaundice. It is a condition where there is too much of a waste product that your body produces when it breaks down red blood cells. Jaundice, viral infections (hepatitis, mononucleosis) in adults; It could mean more serious conditions, such as problems with the liver, gallbladder, or pancreas, or alcohol use.
6-Eyes popping forward
If the eyes appear to be enlarged or bulging forward, this indicates hyperthyroidism (toxic goiter).
We call this ptosis; it may occur in one or both eyes. In severe cases, your eyelid may block your vision. In such a situation, the first thing to do is to review your old photos, because sometimes they can be structural. If it is a new condition, it may be a sign of problems with your brain, nerves, or eye socket. See a doctor if it occurs over days or hours or if you have double vision, weak muscles, difficulty swallowing, or a bad headache. These could be signs of a stroke. Again, if it develops over weeks to months, it may also suggest a brain disease caused by muscle fatigue, which we call myasthenia.
8-Yellow spots around the eyes
The raised yellow bumps on and around your upper and lower eyelids are called xanthelasma. They consist of cholesterol and although you may not like the way they look, they are not dangerous. However, they may be a sign that you are more likely to have heart disease or have a heart attack, so it’s worth consulting a doctor.
9-Twitching in the eyes
Underlying causes; It may be related to insomnia, fatigue, smoking habits, or too much alcohol or caffeine. In rare cases, the nervous system is trying to tell you something, possibly signaling a condition like Multiple Sclerosis (MS). If there are accompanying complaints such as difficulty in speaking or weakness, a problem with the nervous system should come to mind.
10-Slip in the mouth
If your mouth is moved to one side and is motionless on your face, first check your eyelids. If your eyelids are not affected, this may be a brain stroke. If the eyelids are affected, it is probably facial paralysis; Paralysis occurs when a virus or windy weather puts pressure on a nerve that controls the muscles in your face. Facial paralysis in which the eyelids are not affected should be associated with stroke. A stroke occurs when blood flow to part of your brain is cut off due to a burst or blockage of a blood vessel. Get medical help right away if you notice any of these symptoms: the lower part of your face suddenly becomes paralyzed or you experience numbness or weakness in your arms or legs, slurred speech, double vision, dizziness, or trouble swallowing.
Moles are usually dark spots or bumps. Most are nothing to worry about, but skin checks can help detect cancer before it spreads. If your moles are shapeless, constantly growing, or have changed shape recently, see a dermatologist.