The WebMD Mobile app gives you access to a wealth of health information and tools right in your pocket. You can find it for your Android smartphone at the Google Play store and for iPhones at Apple’s App store.
Let’s take a look at what this app offers. The Symptom Checker allows you pick a body part and select your symptoms. Then the app will make suggestions about what types of medical issues those symptoms are warning you about.
The Conditions section features an extensive list of conditions along with their causes, symptoms and information about the proper treatments. You can create a customized list of medical conditions that you’re interested in.
The Drugs and Treatment section is a valuable resource to anyone taking medications, especially if you need more than one. The vast database will not only show you the drug and give you the correct pronunciation, but show you all of the different names it’s sold under. There is also a list of warnings and side effects associated with the medication plus a list of precautions users will want to take. And just in case there’s an issue with the drug, a listing of interactions and information on what to do in case of an overdose.
There’s also a tool that will help you identify drugs by their shape, color and markings.
A very handy feature is First Aid Essentials. These tips tell you what to do in the case of common emergencies and that information is available even if you aren’t connected to the Internet.
The Local Health Listings will help you locate a doctor or hospital nearby and give you directions.
The iPhone version also includes a Food and Recipe section to help you with healthy living.
Of course, an app is no substitute for contacting your doctor and you should never make your medical decisions based on stuff you looked up on the Internet. But this app is a valuable tool for learning about health and coming up with things to discuss with your physician.