Do you look for medical advice on the web? If you have a new and perhaps scary symptom, do you use google to check it out? Or if you are prescribed something, do you look it up on the web? If a friend describes a problem, are you inclined to see what the various sources on the web say?
Have you found any reliable sites for general medical advice?
My own use of the web with medical opinions is pretty irregular. If I’m looking for something about which I know little or nothing, I look for consensus and then treat that as input to be checked out by another means. There is a lot of consensus about a number of things.
Sometimes I learn something important or see indications of something interesting. I think, but am not sure, that some regulatory agency in the States has classified a lot of medicine in terms of its known effects during pregnancy.
There’s a huge consensus on the web about feline ringworm, a fungal
infection. Almost all of it recommends thoroughly decontaminating your home. That’s a lot of fun, and since I have a cat with the infection, I’ve been going around spraying lysol, vacuuming and so on. But I just learned that the fungus is hyper abundant in my area, so that was pretty much pointless. So now we’re back to our mere four weeks of playing “find the cat’ every morning to give him medicine he actually likes to take.
I also looked up medicine for colds during pregnancy, after elp and Jender’s poignant remarks. There’s a consensus on that, and it seems to say there are some safe-ish medicines. Not, though, necessary sufficient reasons for taking them.
So please, if you feel like it, let us know what you think about using the web for medical advice and/or whether you do it.
If you’re wondering what’s going on, let me say that Tarry, short for Tarragon, is a rescue cat; we got him to help out with Basil, another rescue cat, who was going through an hysterical kittenhood. Tarry came with a bag of kitten presents from the rescue people and Basil broke into it and played with all the toys while Tarry hid under various beds. Basil has recently become a placid, philosophical pudding cat:
I may have gotten off topic, but please let us know what you think!