If you are searching for diagnoses on the internet by entering all your symptoms, you might as well add ‘cyberchondria’ to your list of symptoms. Cyberchondria is a condition where a person searches for his real or imagined symptoms on the internet.
“Headache = Stroke! Pricking pain in your Chest = Heart Attack! Leg Pain = Peripheral artery disease!”
Yes, 8 out of 10 people look for health information online. After doing a bit of internet research, most of them manifest a state of medical anxiety.
Here’s What You Should Do Instead
1. Talk To A Real Doctor
Search engines are not meant to treat your health issues. They have information, but it’s best if you don’t spend time furiously searching symptoms on the internet, and finally declaring that you have X, Y, or Z.
2. Know What To Search On The Internet
It’s fine to search for diet tips, or update yourself on healthy habits. Reading articles on various health conditions and then applying that information to yourself is wrong.
3. Rely On The Right Websites
Several blogs on the internet are written by people who want the content to go viral. This content may not be well-researched or even close to being factual. Always know which websites you are referring to. Stick to government and organizational websites that involve research and provide the right references for every claim they make.
We understand that you are too busy to visit a doctor at the hospital. Most of you might be searching for symptoms online for quick relief. We, at mfine, can get you in touch with trusted doctors instantly. We have doctors available from 7 am to 12 pm. You can video call, chat, or send pictures and get treatment within 60 seconds.
It gets better! We care and it shows when our doctors ask you “How Are You Feeling Today?”. Yes, we have free follow-ups for 7 days wherein our doctors will check on you to know if you are feeling any better.