Our face is usually the first place where underlying health conditions reveal themselves. Understanding certain facial traits makes it easy to know what your body is telling you.

In Eastern countries, traditional healers has long been able to discover the strengths and weaknesses, and health or lack of health within the body by reading what is written on your face, tongue, eyes, skin, and pulse. Once we get clear about what is happening inside our body, then it will help us diagnose an illness or prevent it from worsening.

It is suggested that we should pay more attention to the changes in our appearance and consult the physician timely if the symptoms are new. Let’s see what kind of symptoms may lead to a potential disease in your body.

Yellow skin

Yellow skin and eyes may be a side-effect of some medication, such as those for diabetes and high blood pressure. It also suggests significant liver damage.

Discolored complexion

Paleness could indicate anemia. A yellow tone may be a sign of liver disease. A bluish tint in lips or nail beds could indicate heart or lung disease.

Thinning hair

For women, it can signal an overactive thyroid, though it is not very clear that why this triggers hair loss. Meanwhile, female baldness may be a symptom of iron deficiency in our body. Because iron binds to ferritin which is a protein important for the production of hair cells.

Thinning eyebrows

Loss of eyebrow hair is a classic sign of an underactive thyroid. Here the thyroid does not produce enough of the hormone thyroxine, crucial for hair follicles.

Excess hair on the face

More than one in 20 women in the UK has polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormone imbalance in which male hormone levels are elevated and high levels of the hormone androgen can cause excessive hair on the face and acne. Facial hair can also signify arrival of the menopause.

Dropping eyelid

This may be an indicator of Bell's palsy which is often linked to a virus making the nerve inflamed, and in this case the nerve supply to the eye becomes disrupted. Occasionally it may suggest a stroke.

Shortened teeth

Thinner and shortened teeth might be an outcome of acid reflux. Gastric acid may splash up the gullet and get into the mouth. Acid from the stomach is more damaging than fizzy pop - it literally dissolves the teeth.

Black tongue

When tiny structures called papillae don't periodically shed on the surface of the tongueas normal, there are risks that bacteria may build up, thus giving the tongue a black color and a hairy look. Mostly it is led by poor oral hygiene, smoking, or after someone has been taking antibiotics. Using mouthwash products or brushing the tongue can help ease the symptoms.

Receding chin

Along with symptoms like a thick neck and a small jaw, this is often related to sleep apnea, a disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops for ten seconds or more while you sleep. If you snore loudly, experience headaches firstly in the morning, or feel excessive fatigue during the day, you may want to contact your physician and get tested.

Facial asymmetry

This can be one of the early signs of stroke, patients often say that I'm looking different in the mirror, and notice that one side of his/her face is numb or feel as if he/she can't fully smile, or might have trouble speaking. If you suspect that you or a relative may actually have had a stroke, call the doctor as soon as possible.