One of the first things that a doctor says is to “avoid looking for medical information online,” and basically, they’re right. We can’t trust what the internet shows, we become worried when we read fake information which usually makes us take the wrong decisions which can affect our body. We start getting influenced or convinced about what we read and we start feeling sick due to the information we viewed that probably has no medical fundaments at all.
Health will always be a priority so, first of all, you need to consult your doctor and be preventive, besides that, if you want to find reliable health information online you need to identify what are you especially looking for, trying to consult those websites with domains include an https , .org , .gov , .edu or .com, the author of the article you found, the date (also very important) and what does the website says about itself.
Here are 5 medical websites you can trust:
As a website recommended by the US National Library of Medicine , MedlinePlus contains accessible, clear and strong information about health topics, including drugs, supplements and disorders. To make everything didactic, you can find a “videos, tools & games” section to improve your knowledge with interactive forms.
A nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education, this website is ranked as the number #1 HealthCare Leader with major campuses and locations in several states in the country. In this site you can’t just find medical information, you will also be able to make appointments, find doctors, search for publications and products. With the motto “Helping to set a new standard in care for people everywhere” this clinic/hospital has been bringing people easy medical access. Instead of randomly trying to find what a physical symptom means, you can consult its useful Symptom Checker.
Operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which is a national medical organization representing more than 120,900 family physicians, it’s an easy and complete site where you can find sections on diseases, symptoms, prevention (exercise, nutrition, sexuality for kids, teens, adults and seniors) and interactive tools like a Dictionary, BMI Calculator or questionnaires. All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP.
National Cancer Institute
The number of cancer victims has grown over the last years. We all have been facing it and its reasons depend on multiple factors (our lifestyle, genetics, DNA and exposure to viruses). This website contains many resources about this disease like prevention, types of, news and publications and a private telephonic line or live chat.
A web portal that offers online medical consultation based on tools and resources showing complete information about symptoms and diseases, healthy living, health calculators & records, etc. You can also be part of its community and get support while sharing information and talking to other members.
There are other authority sites with variety content that help you to find the best medical information with articles on that topic, like HuffingtonPost, NY Times, Abc News, Cnn, etc.
With this, we can see that the Internet has become such an amazing tool for finding a vast amount of information without having to leave the comfort of your home. However, despite these credible sites on this list, it is still recommendable that you go to a doctor to get yourself checked. No matter what the Internet tells you and even if it seems to cover all information to make sure what kind of symptoms you have or don’t have, nothing beats going to a doctor to make sure 100% of everything.
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