The dangers of Dr Google
With UK research showing 50 per cent of women self-medicate after researching their symptoms online, and a survey from Epilepsy Action Australia revealing that 62 per cent of people would rather look online than go to a GP, the dangers of relying on Dr Google for health information are all too real.
The UK report found one in four of the women surveyed had misdiagnosed themselves and one in 10 had experienced unpleasant side effects from taking the wrong medication.
Make sure you see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. If you do look online, make sure it’s a reputable source, such as the Victorian government’s Better Health Channel (betterhealth.vic.gov.au) and the government-supported Health Direct (healthdirect.gov.au).