We all know the internet is full of spurious science and dubious health advice but, when you’re feeling off-colour, it is often tempting to look to Dr Google to put your mind at rest.
To help you avoid the many dangers of misinformation from doing this, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly searched for health queries in 2017, with some medically sound advice on each. The subtext, though, is clear: as with Dr Google and his 20 years of hive-mind training in guess-work, if you have concerns, see a doctor. A real one.
Google: Why do I feel sick?
Nausea isn’t normally a sign of anything serious. Drink some water or ginger tea/ginger beer, take a break from work and breathe deeply. The feelings should pass before long.
Seek help, however, if you experience:
Sharp, severe stomach pain
Sharp chest pain
Vomiting and/or passing blood
A stiff neck and a high temperature
A sudden, severe headache
Call your GP or 111 if:
You’ve been throwing up regularly for longer than 48 hours
Your vomit is green
You’ve become severely dehydrated
You’re unable to keep down fluids