There are many common bodily symptoms that could be perfectly normal—or could be a cause for concern. Here’s how to know which ones your doctor will consider significant.
Blood is rarely a good thing unless you know where it’s coming from (a cut or scrape, for example). If you’re seeing blood and aren’t sure why—whether it’s in your mucus or from a cough—make an appointment with your doctor. “This can be blood in urine, blood in bowels, vaginal bleeding after menopause, or coughing up blood,” says Martha K. Terris, MD, the Witherington Distinguished professor and chair at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta University. Women, whether or not they’ve been through menopause, also shouldn’t ignore unexplained bleeding.