20 most commonly Googled diseases

The urge to search the internet for a medical diagnosis could remedy concerns over a possible illness for some people, but it could exacerbate them in others, according to research from Microsoft cited by STAT.

More than one-third of Americans search for diagnoses online, according to a 2013 Pew Survey, and half of those people discuss their findings with an actual healthcare provider. Although the internet can be a helpful educational tool, obsessively searching for medical information can become a health condition itself, one researchers have termed "cyberchondria," according to STAT.

Whether real or conjured, people in the U.S. most commonly search for the following 20 health conditions, according to data analysis by STAT.

  1. Diabetes
  2. Depression
  3. Anxiety
  4. Hemorrhoid
  5. Yeast infection
  6. Lupus
  7. Shingles
  8. Psoriasis
  9. Schizophrenia
  10. Lyme disease
  11. HPV
  12. Herpes
  13. Pneumonia
  14. Fibromyalgia
  15. Scabies
  16. Chlamydia
  17. Endometriosis
  18. Strep throat
  19. Diverticulitis
  20. Bronchitis

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