As we get older, it’s important to keep a good handle on our health, and one of the main ways we
can do this is by being vigilant when checking our bodies for certain signs of health problems. There
are many different changes that can happen to our bodies as we age, most of which are actually
harmless signs of ageing. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, and some of these can be
symptoms of more serious issues that your GP should check out. To better help you to identify some
of these potential issues, we’ve listed a few things to watch out for.
For the most part, moles are generally not a problem. Many of us are born with moles, birthmarks,
and general abnormalities on our skin, and some develop over the years. However, there are some
types of moles you should be wary of. Those that appear almost out of nowhere and that change
shape, colour, or have a border around them should be checked by a medical professional as soon as
possible. While you generally shouldn’t worry when you notice a new mole, it’s important to stay
aware of these other symptoms, as they can be a sign of melanoma.
All of us will have experienced a rash of some kind in our lives. Sometimes they can be purely visual
with raised bumps and redness across the skin, while some can be more problematic causing
infuriating itching and even pain. While a rash isn’t necessarily a sign of something bad, it’s always
worth identifying why you have that rash and what has caused it. Sometimes it can be something
simple like prickly heat or heat rash. While harmless, this can be infuriating and generally occurs in
the summer and hot weather as it is caused by excessive sweating and blocked sweat glands. When
you develop a rash, however, it may be a symptom of shingles or some other illness. Shingles is a
viral infection caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox and can be very unpleasant.
Symptoms include a rash all over the body, itching, fever, and fatigue. If you suspect that you have
shingles, call your doctor for further advice.
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting a painful and obvious spot, especially in adulthood.
Unfortunately, spots aren’t uncommon in adulthood, and while we won’t get them as frequently as
when we were going through puberty, they can still crop up at the most inopportune times. Sadly,
for some, cystic acne can develop and continue to be a problem into adulthood. This is inflammatory
acne causing pimples to occur across the skin, often in clusters. These can be very painful and
unpleasant to live with, causing severe issues with self-confidence and can also leave scars, too.
There are two different types of cystic acne pimples: acne cysts and acne nodules. Cysts are pus-
filled pimples and should not be popped as this can cause the infection to spread, increase in
severity, and increase the chances of a scar developing. A nodule has no liquid inside but will still be
very painful and irritating. Your doctor can provide you with a number of oral and topical treatments
that can help to reduce or even eradicate this problem over time.