Googling is generally used for looking up pretty much anything, from finding directions to researching medical symptoms. Google recently released its annual summary of what the U.S. searched for this past year. Among the top trending searches from January to November 2015 included Lamar Odom, Jurassic World, American Sniper, Caitlyn Jenner and Ronda Rousey.
Google is also a popular first-stop for looking up symptoms. In fact, one in 20 Google searches are for health-related information. Although if you have a medical concern, there is no substitute for a consultation with one of eMedical’s highly trained, board-certified emergency medicine physicians. Though for your typical hypochondriac, online symptom checkers are quite popular.
In 2015, people searched for medical symptoms including the flu, gallbladder infections, measles, listeria, sinus infections, Ebola and more. Users commonly seek out relevant medical information about common conditions including symptoms, treatment and prevention.
Top Searched Medical Symptoms
Below are the 10 most searched for symptoms this year, according to Google.
- Gallbladder infection
- Sinus infection
- Anxiety attack
- H. Pylori infection
- Heat stroke
- Lactose intolerance
Top Searched Health-Related Questions
Below are those popular burning questions that users searched for this past year:
- “Is bronchitis contagious?”
- “Is pneumonia contagious?
- “How much water should I drink?”
- “How many calories should I eat?”
- “What is lupus?”
- “How far along am I?”
- “When do you ovulate?”
- “What is gluten?”
- “How long does the flu last?”
Medical Symptom Search Results
If you’ve ever woken up with a stomach ache wondering if it was something you ate or possibly the flu and start typing your symptoms into your go-to search engine, suddenly you start feeling worse and the worry spikes immediately. In fact, according to a new study led by researchers at the Harvard Medical School, many search results can be so inconsistent and inaccurate that patients shouldn’t rely upon them for correct diagnoses. Simple symptoms can be misconstrued by “cyberchondriacs,” those who misdiagnose their illnesses after looking up their symptoms online, resulting in unnecessary anxiety.
Patients should only use online symptom checkers as a starting point. Self-diagnosis can be dangerous; it is better to have a conversation with your doctor. But if you must browse, make sure the sites you visit for health advice are reputable and vetted by medical experts. Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, and The Centers for Disease control and Prevention all have legit and easy-to-find information.
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