What your face says about your health
We're taught to think that spending too much time looking at ourselves in the mirror is a "Sign of vanity" (សញ្ញានៃការឥតប្រយោជន៍). However, research suggests that our reflection can tell us a thing or two about our health.
Here is our guide to the warning signs (សញ្ញាព្រមាន) that could be staring right back at you when you look at yourself in the mirror. (By Tom Fortune)
Bloodshot eyes (ភ្នែកក្រហម - សំដៅទៅលើសរសៃឈាម ដែលជាធម្មតា វាមិនមានឡើងក្រហម គ្រប់ពេនោះទេ)
Bloodshot eyes are a sign that you are "Burning the candle at both ends" (ទទួលទានដំណេក ឬ សម្រាកបានតឹចតួច ដោយសារតែអ្នកវល់រហូតដល់យប់ ហើយងើបពីពេលព្រលឹម) and not looking after yourself properly. However, it could indicate an underlying condition that requires medical attention. Bloodshot eyes could be a sign that you are suffering from "Fatigue" (អស់កម្លាំង), leading you to constantly rub your eyes. In this case, you just need to rest. The redness could also be a result of "Hay fever" (គ្រុនផ្តាសាយ) or other "Allergies" (អាឡែរហ្សី /ប្រត្តិកម្មមួយ), which can be rectified by a simple over-the-counter "Antihistamine (ថ្នាំព្យាបាល ផលប៉ះពាល់ដោយសារប្រត្តកម្មអ្វីមួយ). Severe pain, on the other hand, could mean "Glaucoma" (ជាប្រភេទជម្ងឺភ្នែកម្យ៉ាងដែលបង្កឡើងដោយសម្ពាធនៅផ្នែកខាងក្រោយនៃភ្នែក), which is a sudden increase in eye pressure and should mean you visit your doctor right away.
Puffy cheeks (ផ្ពាល់ហើម)
If your face suddenly appears to be puffy, the cause could be more complex than too many carbs or late-night snacks. One possible source could be an under-active "Thyroid" (ក្រពេញទីរ៉ូអ៊ី), which occurs when you don't produce enough of the hormone called "Thyroxine" (ជាអ័រមនផលិត ដោយក្រពេញទីរ៉ូអ៊ី). If there isn't enough of it, your metabolic rate will begin to slow and you may gain a bit of weight. It's treatable, but you should be on the lookout for other symptoms like fatigue and depression. The puffiness could also indicate a less serious condition like sinusitis or conjunctivitis which, though irritating, is relatively easy to deal with.
Acne in adulthood could mean you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition which affects around 18 percent of Australian women. Sufferers usually have a collection of cysts around the edge of their ovaries, and symptoms include irregular periods, weight gain, excessive hair growth and, of course, acne. The condition cannot be cured, but it can be treated and if you have a history of PCOS in your family, or are concerned you might have it, you should speak to your GP about a scan and blood tests, as ignoring the problem can lead to other health issues such as high cholesterol and type two diabetes.
Swollen eyes (ភ្នែកហើម)
When the area underneath the eyes becomes puffy, our response is usually to apply cucumber slices or chilled tea bags. This should do the trick, but if it doesn't, this could signal that your kidneys aren't functioning as they should be. Your kidneys keep you healthy by removing waste and fluid from the body and releasing hormones to regulate blood pressure and make red blood cells. If they can't do this properly, this can lead to high blood pressure (សម្ពាធឈាម ខ្ពស់), anaemia (ភាពស្លេកសាំង), weak bones and nerve damage. Other symptoms to look out for include fatigue, lack of appetite, insomnia, muscle cramps at night, swollen feet and ankles, dry skin and needing to urinate more often.
Red nose (ច្រមុំក្រហម)
While redness is most commonly associated with blushing, a persistently scarlet-coloured nose could be a warning of something much more serious. First up - it could be a sign that you are drinking too much booze. Alcohol dilates the small blood vessels, leading to a buildup of blood near the surface of your nose and making it appear red. Redness can also alert you to the autoimmune condition lupus, which causes fatigue and joint pain as well as the butterfly-shaped rashes which typically appear on the bridge of the nose. Finally, high blood pressure can in some cases lead to a reddening of the thin skin on the face, including the nose.
Dry skin (ស្បែកស្ងូត)
Sometimes the dry skin on your face requires more than an expensive moisturizer to get rid of it. The number of eczema sufferers has been rising for years, and there are now almost 1.5 million in the UK. Pollen, pollution, dust mites, animal hair, soaps, hormonal factors and certain foods can all be triggers, so it's important that you try and learn from experience what brings on your attacks so you can take steps to avoid it. Another cause of eczema is stress, so a sudden break out of dry skin could mean that you need to do all you can to reduce your stress levels.
Eye rings (រង្វង់ជុំវិញកែវភ្នែក)
While a white ring around the iris is fairly common among older adults, it's out of the norm for younger people and you should see your doctor for a proper diagnosis if you detect them. These deposits of fat around the eye could mean you have high cholesterol, a condition that you should bring under control as soon as possible. But this isn't the only condition eye rings have been linked to; thyroid disease, excess salt in the body, diabetes and liver disease could all be the real source of the problem. Some experts also believe that these rings could be linked to calcium deposits in the eye due to excess body fat.
Swollen gums (ហើមអញ្ជញធ្មេញ)
Cleaning your teeth properly, flossing and using mouthwash doesn't just keep your teeth pearly white, it could also save your life. Gum disease, or periodontitis, occurs when teeth aren't cleaned sufficiently, leading to a buildup of plaque along the gum line. Symptoms include swollen, red or bleeding gums when you brush or floss and bad breath that persists even after you've scrubbed your gnashers. As well as damaging your teeth, untreated gum disease can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke due to a buildup of plaque in the blood stream.
Cracked lips (បបូរមាត់ប្រេះ)
Lack of "Iron" (សារធាតុជាតិដែក) is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies among women. Your body needs iron to produce more "Red blood cells" (កោសិកាឈាមក្រហម), and a shortage can lead to "Anaemia" (ភាពស្លកសាំង). The symptoms for iron-deficiency anaemia can be difficult to spot, particularly if you are otherwise healthy, but as well as "Tiredness" (អស់កម្លាំងល្ហឹតល្ហៃ), fainting and headaches you could also be prone to a dry mouth and throat, which leads to cracked lips and sores at the corner of the mouth. Luckily, it's easily treated with iron tablets, but you should do all you can to avoid the condition in the first place by eating a balanced diet or by regularly taking an iron supplement.
Brittle hair (សក់ផុយ)
Bad hair day? If your locks have suddenly become brittle from the roots upwards, then the cause could be an underlying medical condition (physical damage tends to cause brittleness further away from the roots). Firstly, brittle hair can be caused by the onset of stress (ភាពតានតឹង). A study published in the Archives of Dermatology in 2001 found that "Psychological stress" (ភាពតានតឹងផ្លូវចិត្ត) plays a significant role in skin and hair disorders. If it's not stress, then the "Poor health" (សុខភាពមិនល្អ) of your hair could be a sign that your body is suffering from the effects of poor nutrition; eating disorders such as "Bulimia" (ញ៉ាំអាហារច្រើនហួសហេតុមិនដេងឆ្អែត) and "Anorexia" (ជាជម្ងឺគម្រាមកំហែងដល់អាយុ ជីវិត ដែលបណ្តាលមកពីការបង្អត់ម្ហូបអាហារ និង ជម្ងឺផ្លូវចិត្តដ៏ធ្ងន់ធ្ងរ ដែលបណ្តាលឱ្យទម្ងន់ធ្លាក់ ចុះ ដល់កម្រឹតដុនដាប) often lead to hair brittleness.
source: ninemsn, Health & Wellbeing, slide show ==> "what your face says about your health"