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Skip Searching Symptoms on Google

When you experience a strange symptom, the first thing you might do is reach for your phone or computer and start typing your symptoms into Google search. While the internet is a great and valuable source of information, it isn’t always the best place to turn when it comes to something as detrimental as your health. Searching for your symptoms online can often do more harm than good, leading to misdiagnosis, unnecessary anxiety, and delayed treatment. Here are a few reasons why it’s never a good idea to search symptoms on google.

Google is not a replacement for a doctor’s expertise

While the internet is a vast source of information, it’s not always reliable or accurate. This is anyone can publish anything online, regardless of their credentials or expertise. Whereas, when it comes to your health, you must only get information from a trusted, experienced source, such as a doctor or a medical professional. With years of training and experience, doctors can identify and diagnose using medical symptoms accurately. Moreover, they are also able to guide one on the best treatment options based on individualistic needs and medical history.

Self-diagnosis can be dangerous

When searching for medical symptoms online, it is likely to come across various possible diagnoses, most of which are often completely inaccurate. Leading to unnecessary worry and anxiety, as well as the impulse to self-diagnose and self-treating. Both self-diagnosis and treatment can be dangerous, and lead to an unsuitable treatment or delay in getting the right treatment. Keep in mind that while certain medical conditions may share some medical symptoms only a medical professional team can accurately differentiate them.

Google cannot perform physical exams or run tests

Another obvious limitation of using Google to diagnose symptoms is that it cannot perform physical exams or run diagnostic tests. Such tests are often critical steps in the diagnosis process to help doctors identify the root cause of symptoms. Certain symptoms may require a doctor to perform a physical exam or order diagnostic tests such as blood tests, X-rays, or scans to properly diagnose a condition.

Delay in treatment

Delaying treatment can lead to complications or worsen health issues. Online symptom checkers or forums can misjudge the severity of one’s symptoms, downplaying a potentially serious condition. Leading to the belief that it can be treated with simple home remedies or over-the-counter medications. When in actuality, certain medical conditions, if left untreated, can become severe and life-threatening.

Increased anxiety due to “Health Scares”

Searching online for symptoms can be a double-edged sword. While it can be informative, it can also lead to increased anxiety and stress levels. Especially when people come across a range of possible diagnoses, some of which may be extremely concerning. This can lead to “health scares,” which can negatively impact your health and lead to the worsening of symptoms in the first place. A doctor can help eradicate the possibility of such concerns by providing accurate information. 

Here’s a solution

While the internet can be a helpful tool for finding general health information, relying on Google to diagnose your symptoms can lead to misdiagnosis and delay in treatment. That’s why it’s crucial to seek guidance from a trained medical professional who can provide accurate information and personalized care. Now with the Healthx app, accessing medical services in Pakistan has never been easier. You can speak with our in-house doctors online from the comfort of your own home, allowing you to receive the care you need without leaving your house. Our expert doctors can provide accurate diagnoses, recommend treatment options, and answer any questions you may have. We also provide in-app psychologists to help manage your anxiety and provide mental health support. Download the Healthx app now, so you can get the care you need and take control of your health. Sign up today and start your journey toward better health.

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