It’s January, and it’s the most wonderful time of the
year for colds, stomach bugs and viruses aplenty. Flu season occurs each
year between October and May in the United States, and typically peaks
during the months of January and February when the weather outside is
frightful and not so delightful.
It is during cold months that people spend more time
indoors and in closer contact with other people — the perfect scenario for
the transmission of illnesses from one person to another in smaller spaces.
While invaluable, the internet will never be a
replacement for seeing your doctor. It can, however, provide a wealth of
health information to help you make better decisions to avoid the winter
woes of seasonal sickness. And if you do get sick, knowing where to click
can help you better manage your healthcare by being aware of what illness
you might have, learning to manage symptoms from home and knowing when to
actually see a doctor.
Here are some great go-to websites to consider before
and after the sniffles and sneezes come on.
Whether it’s determining the difference between a cold
and the flu or discovering tips on how to combat cough, WebMD is a great
resource. WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing
your health, and support to those who seek information. WebMD.com is
continuously reviewed for accuracy and timeliness.
The Mayo Clinic goal: to inspire hope and contribute to
health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through
integrated clinical practice, education and research. It also offers a nifty
“Symptom Checker” tool and “First-Aid Guide” for fast answers to questions
about all types of health conditions, along with medical blogs, expert
answers, videos and links to additional resources.
During flu season, protecting
yourself from viruses is a top priority. And healthline.com, among other
things, can help you do just that. Whether you’re checking the website to
learn more about a health condition, research a medication, tap into one of
the online communities, or get some tips for a healthier lifestyle, you’re
in the right place. You’ll find content that’s informative, easy to
understand and engaging.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s
website for patients and their families and friends. The website contains
information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in
easy-to-understand language. Click here to learn about the latest
treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, or view medical
videos and illustrations. For reliable, up-to-date health information, this
is the place to go.
WrongDiagnosis.com is one of the world’s leading
providers of online medical health information. The site is an independent,
objective source of factual, mainstream health information for both
consumers and health professionals.