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Updated by housecalldoctor on Jun 14, 2017
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5 health conditions your man should never ignore

Studies show that men across the world have shorter life expectancies, when compared to women. In fact on average, men are dying 5 years prematurely, due preventable medical conditions. Here are 5 incidents when your man should always a doctor:

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Injuries

Injuries

It's not uncommon for men to sustain muscular and joint injuries whilst at work, at the gym or due to unsafe lifting practices. Prolonged injuries can impair a person's quality of life, and leave men vulnerable to pain, swelling and mobility issues.

Proper medical evaluation can determine whether injuries require treatment, or specialist attention. In some cases, X-rays, CT scans or further medical investigation may be ordered by the doctor, but this is preferable to accquiring a potentially lifelong injury.

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Skin wounds

Skin wounds

As humans, we are vulnerable to skin wounds, however men often avoid seeking medical attention they require. Skin wounds may include everything from a minor laceration sustained during yard work, to more serious workplace accidents.

Skin wounds require medical treatment to prevent infection and promote safe healing. Men should certainly seek medical care if they have a wound to their face or hands, as these can leave painful scars if not treated effectively.

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Respiratory infections

Respiratory infections

It might sound like a joke, but 'man flu' should be taken seriously. Coughs and colds can impact anyone, however elderly men may be susceptible to further medical complications if a respiratory infection remains untreated.

Upper respiratory tract infections are generally signaled by a fever, sore throat, dry cough and runny nose. Lower respiratory tract infections, like bronchitis and pneumonia, impact the lungs. If your man has lower tract infection, he may require antibiotics to recover fully from his symptoms.

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Headaches

Headaches

Headaches can usually be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, however migraines can be more debilitating and involve considerable pain and nausea. If your man suffers from ongoing headaches or migraines, he should consult a doctor.

Men are reportedly more likely to experience cluster headaches, which feel like intense burning around the eyes. Cluster headaches often occur in bouts over several weeks, and are related to stress or allergies.

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Chest pain

Chest pain

Chest pain - especially when coupled with shortness of breath or weak, tingling limbs - should be treated with urgency. Men experiencing ongoing chest pain should seek immediate medical attention.

In severe cases, chest pain can signal life-threatening conditions like stroke or heart failure. Early medical intervention is the key to ensuring that male patients have the best chance of survival and recovery, in these circumstances.