7 in 10 Brits use Google to self-diagnose and self-treat

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Three-quarters of British have cured an ailment or illness after Googling the symptoms on the internet, a study found. The research commission, by Future You and carried out by OnePoll, revealed that 7 in 10 people now self-diagnose and treat minor health issues rather than visiting their GP. Only a third have ever made their GP aware they have researched their symptoms ahead of their visit.

It also emerged that the average adult now believes they can beat two-thirds of all bugs, viruses, and illnesses without professional medical attention, and the typical adult only visits their doctor twice a year. 3 out of 4 people surveyed reported that had used a home remedy to treat illness, and more than 7 in 10 were convinced that a change to their diet at one time or another in their lives helped to improve their general health.

Among those who self-treated, their mother was the most likely to recommend a home remedy, 1 in 10 had been recommended an “obscure cure” by their doctor.

The top 5 conditions most likely to be self-treated were a common cold, sore throat, headache, cough, and cold sore. Other conditions that were commonly self-treated were acne, insomnia, haemorrhoids, eczema, conjunctivitis, arthritis, and chest infections.