How Does the WebMD Symptom Checker Work?


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With the WebMD Symptom Checker, users can provide personal information about themselves and receive detailed health information and a printable report for doctors. The Symptom Checker is designed to help users self-diagnose based on their current condition.

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How Does the WebMD Symptom Checker Work?
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To begin using the Symptom Checker, users enter their gender, age, ZIP code and email address. The user then clicks on various parts of an interactive body presented by the program. Once the user selects the location of the symptom, they select the symptom from an accompanying list. Under upper abdomen symptoms, for example, the user can select bleeding, bruising, constipation or lump. After the user has selected all of their symptoms, the Symptom Checker provides a list of possible conditions. The user can click on any of the possible conditions to receive more detailed information about the condition.

Users can create an account with WebMD by submitting and saving their personal information. The account will save all information the user has entered into the Symptom Checker and allow the user to review their history and print health reports directly from the sight. The WebMD Symptom Checker also uses the physician directory and the user's current location to provide a short list of doctors who specialize in the appropriate conditions.

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