Going to the doctor can be a pain. Even though I’m not yet in the medical field, people would rather ask me or other health-bound students questions before seeing the doctor. I never assume that I know the answer (which I think is a problem with many students), but I usually search the Internet for possible solutions. The list below is of websites which I found useful for most of the problems that students have. If symptoms get worse, please see a doctor, but usually these links are good enough for everyday questions.
What many students want to know is whether the pills they take are safe with other pills or food, etc. This website has a program that allows you to input all the medicines you take and see potential negative interactions. This site is easy to use and can additionally check for interactions with food and alcohol.
This is one of the most well-known medical websites. WebMD is great, but under certain conditions. It should be used only to look up things the doctor tells you, such as conditions you may have or procedures you may receive. Some health professionals do not like WebMD simply because by looking at it, patients tend to think that they know what’s wrong with them and know what’s best for them more than the professional. I’ve heard doctors say that a patient will argue with them on having a certain condition and talk about all the symptoms they have and treatments they can do, when in fact, they don’t even have that condition.
This site is one of my favorites. I personally think it’s even better than WebMD. It can tell you almost all the possible medical conditions which are associated with a symptom, rather than a select few. So when you look up “lump,” it won’t just tell you that it’s cancer, but also that it could be a cyst or abscess. I like it because it gives different perspectives, which are not all life threatening.
This site is for those who won’t feel at ease unless they ask a professional. This forum lets you ask medical questions and they are answered by real doctors. It might take some time, but the answers are really helpful.
Lastly, here are two herbal medicine links since many people are moving towards natural healing. I like these particular two since it has warnings on how much of the remedy you should use and when it’s bad to use them.