THIS is what Happens when Diseases Go Untreated



Celiac Disease: So far, science is not fully confident in how one gets Celiac Disease however genetic predisposition seems to be getting an overwhelming agreement. Abnormal digestive system – diarrhea/constipation, malabsorption of vitamins and minerals, weight loss, gas and bloating, mood swings, fatigue, joint pain, acid reflux, and heartburn are some common symptoms.

If gone untreated, “in children, untreated celiac disease can cause stunted growth, delayed development and behavioral issues. For women, untreated celiac disease can lead to infertility. Untreated celiac disease can cause bone weakness, and patients also have a small risk of developing cancer of small bowel cancer” (LiveScience)

Strep: It must be clear that sore throat does not always qualify for strep throat – seasonal allergies and common cold can also produce this symptom. However it is highly advised you seek immediate medical attention if over the counter antihistamine and/or cold or flu does not resolve your pain.

If left untreated, strep throat can lead to kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever – and these are complications you want to avoid by all means. Painful and inflamed joints, rashes and even damage to heart valves are a few symptoms of the rheumatic fever.

Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is spread through ticks. While most encounters with ticks may not lead to Lyme disease, it is never a bad idea to get you checked as a precautionary method – especially if you notice large swelling, fever, headaches, joint aches, within a few days’ time to a few weeks’ time. Keep in mind that the tick must generally be attached for up to 36 hours for transmission to occur – however most bites are not felt and removing them is not very easy and requires professional help.

If left untreated, one can experience painful symptoms similar to arthritis, numbness in in limbs, extreme fatigue, trouble focusing your thoughts and/or poor memory, and paralysis in face muscles.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): Even though our urinary system is designed to protect us from bacterial infections, it is not always foolproof.  Signs of UTI are a burning feeling when you urinate, frequent urge to urinate (even though almost none comes out), pain in back or lower abdomen, cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine. If you notice these symptoms and develop a fever, the infection may have reached your kidneys.

If left untreated (ouch!), the UTI will severely damage your kidneys – a condition you may not be able to recover from. For a condition that is very easy to solve, please do yourself a favor and do not procrastinate on seeking treatment.

Cuts: How often is it that you get a cut and you immediately rush to clean it with disinfectant – most likely almost never. While it’s true that our bodies can heal from even the worst of damages, the smallest of cuts can penetrate all defense systems depending on the strength of your immune system.

If a cut is left untreated, one may seriously infect the area with grotesque bacteria. The smallest of cuts can lead to staph, strep or MRSA if not taken care of properly. Tetanus is another condition to keep in mind!

Now this may be a unique case – but a man had in Indonesia got compromised to HPV after not taking care of his cut that he received when he was 15; we are almost confident that you’ve heard this man’s story – we are referring to the infamous “Tree Man” of Java. As rare as his case may be, do keep in mind that HPV can enter the body through cuts and abrasions very easily if one has a weak immune system – so do yourself a favor and keep the area disinfected!

The Bottom Line: Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act, everyone has access to health insurance. So it makes no sense for people to not utilize this privilege and seek treatments for their condtion -especially one that we pay for.

Whether you choose to take medical/scientific treatment is up to you – we are aware that many people prefer natural remedies and we respect that. However never choose to self-diagnose and do learn to feel confident in meeting with your doctor when a situation arises and also regularly for bloodwork and other tests.

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