Family Doctor

…or something more serious?  The best symptom charts are at familydoctor.org, a collaboration between the American Academy of Family Physicans and Answers TV.  It’s one of the Top Ten consumer health sites chosen by the Medical Library Association, and I like it so much that I can forgive the annoying ads.

One of the big advantages of this site is that it is written by physicians and medical students, who will not encourage us to poison ourselves with home remedies.  Instead, they give enough information to help make an informed decision about when to call the doctor.

The Search by Symptom link is especially helpful: you’ll find it on the left side of the screen on the home page.  The link leads to different general problems (cough, fever, skin rashes, etc.) with flow charts that take you through a series of questions about the condition until you arrive at a preliminary diagnosis or a recommendation to see your physician ASAP.

Enjoy the nice weather, and watch out for the 3-leafed plants.

poison ivy happy kid

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