The American Academy of Family Physicians website offers online symptom checker flowcharts that allow you to easily track symptoms to common medical concerns and come to a possible diagnosis with recommendations for care. As it says on the website, be sure to consult with your doctor if you feel you have a serious medical problem.
How to Use FamilyDoctor.org's Symptom Checker
Easy-To-Use Web Tool
To start, select the general symptom that you want to track from the main list of charts. There are three columns labeled Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Self-Care. You will see the prompt “Begin Here” at the top of the Symptoms column. All you do is answer the question “Yes” or “No” and follow the appropriate arrow which will either take you to another Symptoms question or the Diagnosis column. Along with brief information, the diagnosis may include a link to more information on one or more medical problems. Select a link to view more information about the condition, and details such as causes and risk factors, diagnosis and tests, treatment, complications and links to any applicable health or support organizations. There may also be links to related articles. Once you have arrived at the potential Diagnosis on the flowchart, the arrow points to the recommended Self Care action(s).
Not a Substitute for Your Doctor
Remember that this tool has been reviewed by doctors but that it’s not a substitute for medical advice. It's for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon to make decisions about your health or someone else’s. Always consult your doctor with questions about your individual condition(s) and/or circumstances. If you've never used an online tool like this before then take a look at the short video to see how easy it is to use the sypmtom checker.
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