Health Care

Important health checks you can do at home

It’s important to monitor and maintain your health, and there is a lot you can do from home.

The home doctor experts at House Call Doctor have outlined a few health checks for you to add to your home routine to keep on top of your health and know when to see a medical professional.

Temperature check

Taking your temperature is an easy check to see if you have a fever. The normal temperate for adults is around 37 degrees Celsius but this varies according to age, time and which body part you measure the temperature from.

Testicular checks

For men, it is important to check for lumps or swellings in the testicles as it could be an indication of cancer. If you find a lump or experience a sharp pain, you should consult a GP.

Breast checks

Women should check for lumps and bumps in breast tissue. Breast changes can happen at different points in the menstrual cycle, and while most of the time there is nothing to worry about, a solid lump could be a sign of cancer and needs to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

Heart rate check

Your resting heart rate measured first thing in the morning is a good indication of your general wellbeing and overall heart health. It varies according to your age and fitness level. First aid training is being given to handle immediate heart failures.

Skin check

Skin cancer is very common in Australia, so it is important to look out for any changes to your skin. Get to know your moles and check them regularly.

Weight check

It’s important to recognise any major changes to your weight. Weight gain can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Alternatively, rapid weight loss can also be unhealthy and may indicate a more serious health condition.