Since the use of Internet has continued to expand at a rapid pace, a vast amount of health information has become available online. Many people first turn to the internet to seek information on medical issues before going to a healthcare provider. In fact, there are some people who rely more on the internet as it allows them to avoid going to their healthcare provider altogether.
There are literally hundreds of websites devoted to healthcare and they provide comprehensive information on most medical disorders. Almost any type of healthcare question that you can possibly think off has been asked on the internet. As Google keeps a track of everything ever published on the internet and also what people generally search for, here are the top health questions that Americans asked in 2017:
What Causes Hiccups? This was the top question that Americans asked on Google in 2017. The answer is anything from a scare, eating spicy foods to sudden changes in the temperature. There is a possibility that people were keen to get an answer to this particular question because hiccups, in general, can be very annoying and while not life-threatening can cause embarrassment. To make matters worse, there is no universal treatment for hiccups that works for everyone.
How to Stop Snoring? This was the second leading question asked by users in 2017. Snoring has always been a problem. Not only is it irritating for the person sleeping next to you, it can also have a negative impact on a couple’s life and relationship. In addition, people who snore are at risk for obesity, thick tongue, nasal congestion or a short neck. The treatment for snoring remains unsatisfactory as far as patients are concerned. Most people are prescribed different oral appliances and home oxygen – neither of which work really well. In addition, these treatments are prohibitively expensive and have very low compliance rates.
What causes kidney stones? People also were very keen to get an answer to this question. Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful and the pain can last many hours. People with kidney stones often have to go to the emergency room, where they have to wait hours and suffer agonizing pain. The reason the question is asked often is that people would like to prevent it in the first place. The simple answer is to avoid dehydration and drink ample water; and just in case, have a few prescription-strength pain pills in the home.
Other questions that were also asked frequently included strategies to deal with the opiate epidemic, where to buy naloxone, what is lupus, the reason for a high number of suicides, and a resurgence of the ketogenic diet to lose weight.