12 Scary Symptoms That Are Usually Harmless

Eye floaters, skin tags, dizziness, or unexplained chest pain… As soon as this happens, we rush to consult Google, and end up finding hair-raising explanations to the smallest changes in our body. Well, Google isn’t always right, and something that seems scary can turn out to be completely harmless.

The Bright Side team wants to remove any fears and paranoia for you, which is why we decided to tell you the real reasons behind symptoms that might be frightening you. Let’s have a look.

Chest pain

The first thing that probably comes to mind when we experience chest pain is that it’s a heart attack. Luckily, for younger people who don’t have any cardiac risks (like diabetes, for example), it’s nothing scary. Heartburn, stress, anxiety, and straining your chest muscles the wrong way during exercising can also cause chest pain. Though, if the pain doesn’t stop, it’s better to contact your doctor.

Lumps and skin tags

Skin tags are common for many people, but like many other skin growths, they are not caused by cancer. Skin tags can be found around the neck, armpits, and even the eyes, and they commonly occur on dry skin. Though they might look ugly, they are completely harmless. The best thing to do is to consult your dermatologist to find a way to get rid of them safely.

Unexplained lumps may be found on our bodies under the skin and the first question that pops up in our mind is “Is it dangerous?” The explanation for this is simple: they are most likely to be a sebaceous cyst, a lipoma (benign fatty tumor), or another non-cancerous growth. If you find anything like this on your body, consult your doctor, but don’t worry about it too much.

Eye floaters

Many people with good or bad vision have experienced eye floaters at least once in their lives. We can agree, it might be scary, but there’s no need to worry. Floaters are bits of debris in the interior of your eye that appear when you look at something white or very bright. They are not harmful at all, though they tend to become more common as we age.

Cracking joints

Your mom probably told you that cracking your joints will cause arthritis, and you should stop doing it. Though, there is nothing harmful about doing it since it’s just air that appears in the joint and then collapses. As a result, we hear a “cracking” sound.

However, if you experience discomfort while cracking, it’s better to consult your doctor.

Dizziness after sitting

When you stand up from sitting for a long time you might experience an uncomfortable dizziness. But don’t worry, there is nothing scary in this too. Blood flows to the brain when you change your position, and it might even cause you to see stars. All you have to do is stand still for a couple of seconds and everything will go back to normal.

Muscle twitching

Everyone knows what muscle twitching is. It feels scary and weird, but it doesn’t mean ALS, since most of the time this symptom is harmless. There are several reasons why you might experience muscle twitching, and among them are: you might have overextended your muscles, you feel anxious, or you didn’t drink enough water.

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