One in four women buy wrong medication online after misdiagnosing themselves
Women with embarrassing medical problems are misdiagnosing themselves after consulting search engines.
They have bought the wrong medication after misdiagnosing themselves on the internet and one in ten has suffered unpleasant side effects as a result, research suggests.
Half of women have diagnosed themselves online and bought a treatment without checking with pharmacists if it is the correct product.
A similar proportion said they would seek to treat medical problems themselves before consulting doctors.
A quarter said they “dread” speaking to doctors.
The online world is just as bad as the offline world for misleading people with snakeoil potions.
The moral of the story is to make sure that you only deal with professionals who you can trust.
For medical news we suggest only using websites such as Health Direct which are regularly reviewed by independent experts:
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.
Remember that Dr Google can’t do anything for you, except make you feel bad and paranoid
Dr Google can’t write prescriptions- nor even examine you verbally or in person.
Also, search engines can’t actually think- though they may be programmed very cleverly.
Common sense should prevail online as well as offline.
If your symptoms are bothering you that much, you should go to a qualified practitioner which in the case of medical issues is a GP.
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