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How do you use the WebMD symptom checker?

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To use the WebMD symptom checker, go to the website where the first page asks a few questions like gender and age. An email address and zip code may be entered, but this is optional. Once the required information is submitted, the user is directed to a second page where there is a body map.

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There are three columns provided. The first column has the body map. To use the body map, choose a body part to display the different symptoms associated with it. By selecting one or more of the symptom choices given, they are displayed in the second column. The third column gives a list of possible conditions that may cause the symptoms selected.

An example of how the symptom checker works is to choose the mouth area on the body map. This brings up a list of symptoms that includes bad breath, belching, excessive mouth watering and gum sores. By clicking gum sores as a symptom choice, the third column gives a list of possible conditions that can produce this symptom. The list generated includes conditions like canker sores and Coxsackie virus infection.

The website gives users the option of saving or printing the list of symptoms. The site also warns people that this tool is for information purposes only and does not represent medical advice.

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