5 Physical Changes You Should Not Ignore

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Though sudden physical changes or new symptoms can be due to changes in the weather or short periods of stress, they can also be important clues about your health and may signal that you need to visit a doctor.

According to Baylor College of Medicine expert Isabel Valdez, a physician assistant and instructor of family and community medicine, “While it can be tempting to put off getting these issues checked out until your yearly physical, it is extremely important that if you have had any unusual symptoms for more than a month to go visit your healthcare provider sooner rather than later.”

Here Valdez gives her expert advice on what new or persistent symptoms may mean, and when you need to have them checked out.


“Often when patients come in with a cough that has been going on for several months and there are no signs of an infection, we consider rare causes like acid reflux,” Valdez said. “Many people don’t usually associate a cough with acid reflux but it is one of the top causes of cough when you have stomach problems like indigestion.”

A cough could also be a sign of allergies, caused by mucus draining through the back of the throat and irritating it, or by certain blood pressure medications, so it’s important to visit your doctor to find out more.

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