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At-Home Medical Tests: Learn How to Play Doctor -- On Yourself


Digit Diagnosis
In a world of sophisticated medical tests, your index finger may be one of your best allies against disease. Put your pointer to work with these five simple health checks:

1. The Energy Test
So tired you can't keep your eyes open? Check underneath them. Stand in front of a mirror, pull your lower eyelid down, and take a good look. "If it doesn't look pink, it may be a sign of anemia," says Jennifer Berman, M.D., director of the Female Sexual Medicine Center at UCLA Medical Center. Pop some iron supplements to boost your energy levels and discuss further treatment at your next doctor's appointment.

2. The Sex Test
Send your index finger on a scouting report down south. Check for any discharge. A little is natural, but any consistency, color, or odor you're not used to may indicate a larger health problem. "A white, thick residue could be a yeast infection. Trichomonas, a bacteria-based sexually transmitted disease, has a fishy odor, and gonorrhea can be a brown or yellow discharge," Dr. Berman says.

3. The "What?" Test
Can you hear me now? If not, use your trusty finger to dial (800) 222-3277 for the number of a local Dial-a-Hearing screening test. The exam takes 2 minutes, after which you'll know if you need to make an appointment with an audiologist.

4. The Breast Test
One finger once a month can help stop the disease that kills about 40,000 women every year. "Starting with the areola, move outward in a circular fashion. Be aware of any lumps or round balls, and follow those closely," says Dr. Berman. See your doctor if you notice anything unusual.

5. The Head Test
Is your headache caused by stress or sinuses? Only your finger knows for sure. When pain starts, tap your face above your eyebrows, between your eyes and nose, and on your cheeks. If you feel a sharp pain in any of those places when you tap, you probably do have a sinus headache. "Nasal drainage, discolored nasal discharge, and nasal obstruction are even stronger signs that your headache is connected to the sinuses," says Howard Levine, M.D., director of the Cleveland Nasal-Sinus and Sleep Center. Decongestants and painkillers can help alleviate sinus discomfort.
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