Skip the Online Search: Call a Doctor Instead

A bump on the labia, unusual discharge, strange cramping or mystery pain. It happens to all of us, and chances are it has probably happened to you, too. When these things or other abnormal occurrences arise, it is very tempting to reach for your laptop to search for a diagnosis from Dr. Google instead of reaching for your phone to call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Alqulali. In fact, Google search stats say that one in every 20 searches is regarding health information. While the Internet is an excellent resource for many things, it is not the place to get a medical diagnosis or treatment.

Why Is Using the Internet for Self-Diagnosis Dangerous?

Self-diagnosis is dangerous for several reasons. The main reason is that it increases stress and anxiety. For example, a bump on your labia could merely be an ingrown hair or blocked gland, but searching "bump on the labia" on the Internet can result in a long list of scary results ranging from genital warts to cancer. Naturally, these results cause panic and stress. According to research, the results of such searches are also dangerous because 30 percent of individuals then put off seeing a doctor out of fear of a serious diagnosis.

Trusted Sources of Medical Information

Another reason using the web to diagnose your condition is that not all the information you find is accurate. A study conducted by Harvard Medical School found that online symptom checkers are wrong 70 percent of the time. That is a massive margin of error! If you must search online for medical information, you should use trusted and reliable websites like CDC.gov, the site of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other sources of trustworthy and dependable medical information can be your insurance company, medical school or university websites, and medical journals.

Dr. Alqulali is also your trusted source for medical information. If you have a question or concern about your health, call Dr. Alqulali today at 888-716-0559.


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