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Although the internet is a wealth of information on all sorts of topics, there are many dangers involved in using the internet to self-diagnose.
Health care practitioners constantly warn against the perils of using information gathered on the internet to diagnose oneself with an illness. Many people do not follow up on the information they have found with a trained professional. This can lead to an array of issues including wrong diagnosis, over diagnosis, or even late diagnosis. For there can also be a slackening of medical up keep when a person relies heavily on the internet for medical advice.
Many symptoms are present in many different illnesses, therefore an online diagnosis, which only requires a person to enter their symptoms will never be completely accurate. Because many illnesses have similar symptoms, a battery of tests is often required in order to come to an accurate diagnosis. Many symptoms could be the cause of fluctuations in mood and environment, something which a website cannot test for.
The information on many online medical sites does not have to be regulated in any way. Because of this a person cannot be assured that the information they are accessing is 100% accurate. This is one of the primary causes for misinformation and why self-diagnosing through websites can be dangerous. Just because a website looks professional does not mean that its contents are written by professionals.
If you are feeling an array of symptoms on a regular basis, the best advice is to see a health care professional as soon as you can in order to receive an accurate diagnosis.