Signs and/or Symptoms of Disease, what is the difference?

How is it that I can be sick and have disease in my body and not know it?

In healthcare a symptom is usually subjective while a sign is unbiased. Any unbiased evidence of an illness, such as blood in the stool, a skin rash, is a sign - it can be acknowledged by the physician, nurse, family members and the client. However, stomachache, lower-back pain, fatigue, as an example, can only be detected or noticed by the client - others just know about it if the patient tells them.

There are differing strategies to specifying the medical definitions of indicators and symptoms. This short article intends to mirror them, as opposed to evaluating which the right one is.

Most lay people have the tendency to simply use the word symptom, and will comprehend the term 'sign' if used by a doctor as having the very same definition as symptom. Yet they are not the same at all.

For instance:.
A rash - this could be a sign, symptom, or both.

If the patient sees the rash it is a symptom.
If the doctor, nurse or anybody else (however not the patient) sees the rash it is a sign.
If both the patient and doctor notice the rash it is both a sign and a symptom.

A headache can only be a symptom because an outside person can not see or identify the headache. The only way the Doctor could know that it is present is if the Patient told them.

Yet High blood pressure can can only be a sign. That is due to the fact that the client can not find it; it can only be determined by a medical test.

It is only a sign when it matters, and a symptom when it does not Historically,

In the past the patient and the Doctor used to participate more equally in recognizing indications and signs during a clinical consultation. In the last few decades with advances in health care diagnostic test have improved allowing the Doctor to objectively measure the signs from subjective,(what the patient feels and sees) to objective (what the evaluation testing can show). This changed the emphasis on what could be measured and found to be reproducible. The fact is, in order to hear the lungs, heart and some other features the client's input in of little value.

The use of modern instrumentation such as the ophthalmoscope (to examine the within the eye), the use of X-rays (to evaluate the internal structures of the body), and the sphygmomanometer (for determining blood pressure). Throughout the 20th century hundreds of new gadgets and techniques were produced to recognize signs - most of them studied by physicians and health care specialists, not clients.

Dr Stockstad is a Chiropractic physician at Asheville Wellness foundation.

You can reach him at 828-299-4555 or at his web site at

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