Search online for common symptoms like “headache,” “fever” or “body aches,” and suddenly you may find yourself disinfecting the whole house and considering a self-imposed quarantine “just in case.” If that sounds like you, put on the brakes. No need to scare yourself into a disease you don’t have!

We know you’ve probably read through helpful forums found on Google and WebMD or reached out to friends on Facebook and Twitter to see if your weird headache or strange pain is something to worry about. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, 23% of people have followed or heard about a friend’s health experience through social networks, and 34% have read blogs, e-newsletters or forums posted online.

In fact, the study found 80% of people have searched online for information about a health issue:

  • One in three Americans went online to diagnose a medical condition.
  • Of the information found online, 46% of people followed up that tip from Dr. Google with a trip to the doctor.
  • Only 41% of people found their doctor confirmed the Internet diagnosis.

Since most people are looking online for health answers for themselves or close family members, it’s easy to get emotional and start thinking of the worst-case scenario. What should you do? Read on for more information.

At Doctors Express Indianapolis urgent care center, our approach is designed to help you with your health care needs, so there’s no need to scare yourself into an incorrect diagnosis! Let us diagnose you, answer your questions and put your fears to rest with an easy appointment – lab services included!