Since the development of the internet, many have resorted to asking for medical advice online. Many people do this for lack of insurance. Others do it to help their doctor in finding the reasons for their symptoms. Still others search for solutions to their medical problems. Searching the internet to answers your health questions is free and easy.
Ask Me Help Desk is one site that is free (see Resources). Register by filling out a short form that requires your user name, password and e-mail address. This site is designed for other members to answer your questions. Questions asked and answered on this site are on various subjects. To ask health questions, click on "Ask" and then click on "Health & Wellness." Keep in mind that questions on this site are answered by anyone, and answers should be looked into further.
Join a forum. MD Health Forum is easy to join, and best of all, it's free. Once registered, you can ask medical questions through threads that have been started or create your own thread.
Input list symptoms on WebMD, an excellent source of information. The interactive site allows you to pinpoint what may be the cause of your symptoms. You are not actually "asking" a question. However, you are getting to the root of your problem by inputting symptoms. This free Web resource is accredited by URAC, which is a non-profit organisation that promotes quality health care information.
"Google" your question. Many times just typing your question into an internet search engine can give good results. However, this free method of asking health questions online may take a bit longer. The reason is that you must sift through different sites and forums to come up with the needed answer. The good side to this is that it is narrowed down to just the keywords in your question.
Search online medical schools. There are over 400 teaching schools in the United States. Many of them are glad to answer questions for free, either through e-mail or through their online websites.
Online medical information can never replace the expertise of your own physician.
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- Online medical information can never replace the expertise of your own physician.