Googling your symptoms may seem like the easy and cheap way to get timely diagnosis from the comfort of your bed but they are several reasons why you should not google your symptoms.
Here are 8 Reasons why you should not google your symptoms
The following are some of the many reasons why googling your symptoms is a bad idea.
Dr Google has no licence to practice
Trust me, there’s a reason doctors and other health professionals spend all those years in school learning about the human body. Health care professionals learn the way the body interacts with diseases and drugs e.t. c. They know that every one is unique based on their genetic make up, health history e.t.c. All this information they have acquired from school and experience gives them the right to a practising licence. Google does not have a licence to practice and has never even been to school.
You would end up delaying your visit to an actual doctor
When it comes to disease diagnosis and subsequent treatment, proper early diagnosis by a health care professional is very important. This is largely because it aids in arresting the causative agent before it causes serious or life threatening damage
You would give yourself the wrong diagnosis
I had been sick on and off for about three weeks and I felt too lazy to take a test so I decided to try google. My symptoms were reoccurring fever, headache and nausea. Google said I may have meningitis, encephalitis or brain abscess or it might even be early HIV symptoms. In the end, I took the test and the lab diagnosis were malaria and traces of typhoid.
You may freak out for something not serious or downplay a life threatening ailment
Google has no chill! You can literally google your symptoms, simultaneously write your will and shop for a coffin.
I know that googling my symptoms isn’t a good idea-There’s even a fancy word for it-Cyberchondria. but, I did it anyways because I am somewhat addicted to google. I ask google everything from what I can eat to why the sky is blue.
There was even information about how to prepare for death. That’s the height of it!
Google just has a way of telling you the axe of damocles hangs over your head by a thread and there’s nothing you can do about it.
You could get dangerous advice and put your life at risk
Even if the writer of the site has good intentions; bad health advice from a good person is still as effective as bad health advice from a bad person. Say that out loud three times because that’s the most fun you will get from bad advice.
An actual doctor on google still isn’t your doctor
A real life doctor may own a website where he/she discusses symptoms, diagnosis, prescriptions e.t.c but, that does not mean that it is the perfect fit for you. Several diseases have similar symptoms and signs. With that in mind, you should never substitute the opinion of a doctor that is familiar with you and your particular health condition with an online doctor providing general knowledge. If you take time to read disclaimers, you would see that the doctor cannot be held responsible if the information provided online leads to complications.
You might increase your risk of other diseases by developing a resistance to antibiotics
One note worthy reason why should not google your symptoms is that, it indirectly gives you the options of taking antibiotics which may not be required. When a patient takes antibiotics when they are not required may lead to antibiotic resistance. If you weigh your options properly, you would see that the dangers of antibiotic resistance outweigh the comfort that comes with googling your symptoms from your bedroom.
What you should do instead
Insisting on not googling your symptoms is a lot like
Have you ever googled your symptoms? Was Google’s diagnosis simply impending doom? Has google given you the correct diagnosis? I’ll love to read your google experiences in the comment section