Itchy down there? Getting tons of headaches? Worried you’re pregnant? Have an urge to Google your symptoms? We’ve all been there. But the truth is, finding good information is challenging, and researching our health issues online often leaves us feeling more misinformed and anxious.
We’re building ShimmerTeen to give you the best info around, but in case you’re searching for something you can’t find here, use these tech-savvy tips to help you find what you’re looking for.
1. Don’t trust search engines. If you’re typing your symptoms into a search bar, stop right there! When it comes to health info, you need quality sources. A lot of times, search engines will give you the most popular sites, or the one that appears to be most relevant to your search term. The problem is that search results are not always the highest quality.
2. Identify trusted sites and go directly to them. Sites backed by doctors, hospitals, or nationally respected non-profits are usually good bets. Not only do they use information from scientific studies, they have qualified medical professionals looking over their material – like Dr. Amy and our team of experts and advisors on ShimmerTeen. Beware of websites and apps that have tons of advertising for medical treatments or medications. To please their advertisers, these website may slant their content toward a specific diagnosis or prescription. You can ask doctors or school nurses if they have any good recommendations.
3. Remember that the Internet doesn’t know you. Many illnesses and conditions affect individuals differently. Two people with the same symptoms could have completely different diagnoses. Reading online can be a good way to start informing yourself, but never trust an article for a final answer.
4. Take what you’ve learned and go talk to a doctor. When it comes to health issues, nothing replaces a good old-fashioned check-up and some lab results.