No one likes being sick – that’s something we all have in common – but when you’re not exactly sure what is ailing you, a symptom checker app can be the perfect solution. But which one? Because there are tons of these bad boys out there.
In an attempt to answer this question, we came across a website online with a list of the best symptom checker apps. After doing some additional research on the apps listed there, we decided to use these apps as a basis for our recommendations.
We then determined the key similarities and differences between the apps so we can best recommend to you exactly what you should look for when choosing a symptom checker app. Below are our top three tips!
If you want to get better as soon as possible, find a symptom checker that you can trust so you can be sure you’re treating the problem with the right medication. Instead of doing random Google searches of your symptoms, look for a symptom checker that pulls from reputable databases of information. This way, you know the suggestions for possible diagnoses are as accurate as possible.
Are you looking for a trustworthy symptom checker for your little loved ones? There are a variety of popular pediatric medical reference apps like FamilyDoctor.org, HealthyChildren, and BabyCenter to get your children up and playing again even sooner.
For more personalized symptom checking, there are plenty of web doctor apps available so you can talk directly with an expert about what you’ve been experiencing. Chat directly via messaging or even face to face on video chat with a medical doctor to find out what your symptoms might be saying about your health.
Speaking of symptoms, these can be caused by many different diseases, so it’s important to get a symptom checker app that has a way for you to search full lists of symptoms. This is especially true if you’re experiencing multiple symptoms at once, like blurred vision along with headaches and stomach pain, or chest pain followed by dizziness and cold legs.
With the right searchable app, you’ll be able to input all your symptoms at once to discover a diagnosis that matches; even better, these are usually ranked by “percentage of a match” so you can see which diagnoses are most likely the cause of the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Unfortunately, there are thousands of diseases and ailments out there, which, of course, come with thousands of more symptoms. Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing, you may want to look for a symptom checker that helps you specifically navigate the signs and signals your body has been showing you.
If you’re very active and tend to get sports-related injuries, for example, such as in your upper back or neck, you may want to turn to a sports medicine symptom checker or an injury checker (rather than a simple illness checker) to find out what’s wrong. Additionally, if you have a pre-existing condition such as an autoimmune disease, you will want to look for a symptom checker that takes your medical history into consideration when formulating a diagnosis.
Already know your symptoms are coming from one general source but aren’t sure the cause? Some symptom checker apps can help with more specific issues and questions that you may have – such as a variety of female reproductive problems. Similarly, you may look for symptom checkers intended to detect poison or other harmful substances. There are even apps to help diagnose mental health symptoms.
Regardless of what sickness you may or may not have, following the above tips will ensure that you aren’t wasting your time with apps that aren’t right for you. Use these tips to avoid the hassle of unhelpful apps and take a step forward toward diagnosing what ails you.