To use the Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker, visit the Mayo Clinic website. Go to "Symptoms A-Z" listed under the "Patient Care & Health Info" tab. Choose Symptom Checker and review a list of symptoms. Select a symptom and at least one related factor to return a list of possible causes.
The Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker offers a list of adult symptoms and a list of child symptoms. Select the appropriate symptom to move on to the second step. In step two, select related factors. You must answer a brief set of multiple-choice questions to provide more information about your symptom. For example, if you select abdominal pain as a symptom, you are asked about where in the abdomen the pain is located, what triggers or worsens the pain and what relieves it. You are asked about the type or degree of pain as well. Select whether it is dull, sharp, burning, crampy, etc. You are also asked about symptoms that might accompany abdominal pain, such as swelling, fever, nausea or diarrhea.
You must select at least one related factor to view a list of possible causes. After selecting your factor(s), submit the form to find the potential causes. This returns a list of conditions and diseases associated with at least one of the factors you selected. The results are listed in order of the most matches first. The Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker also directs you when to seek medical advice based on your symptom(s), notes Mayo Clinic's official website.