Medical searches on Google

When you do a Google search for certain medical conditions, you can learn about their symptoms and treatments. This includes information from medical doctors about how common a condition is, whether it's critical or contagious, the ages it usually affects, and more.

Get info about medical conditions

When you search for a medical condition, you'll see three tabs: About, Symptoms, and Treatments. Right now, we show this medical information for the most frequently searched for health conditions, and we will continue to increase the number of conditions we cover.

  • A brief overview of the condition, including how long it lasts, whether it's treatable, and how easily it spreads
  • Illustration of the condition
  • How common the condition is in the United States. To represent how common a condition is, Google uses similar criteria as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For example, a "Very Rare" condition is one with fewer than 20,000 cases in a given year in the US.
  • Whether the condition is contagious and how it's spread
  • Typical ages of people with this condition
  • Which gender is more often affected by the condition
  • The most common symptoms associated with this condition
  • Illustration of the condition's common symptoms or its impact on the body
  • Common prescription medicines used to treat the condition
  • Other medical treatments, including therapies, surgeries, and devices
  • Helpful lifestyles changes and ways to prevent the condition
  • Types of medical specialists who can consult on the condition

Note: The information you see describes what usually happens with a medical condition, but doesn't apply to everyone. This information isn't medical advice, so make sure to contact a healthcare provider if you have a medical problem. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Where the medical info comes from

We use a combination of algorithms and medical professionals to create this medical information. First, our algorithms find and analyze health-related information from high-quality sites across the web. Then, teams of doctors carefully review and refine the information and licensed medical illustrators create the visuals.

Additional sources

Below is a list of some of the places that we found the medical information.

Government agencies

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Medical illustrators

  • Suman Kasturia
  • Molly Borman-Pullen
  • Catherine Delphia
  • Cassio Lynm
  • Alison E. Burke
  • Michele Graham
  • Christy Krames
  • Laurie O’Keefe


  • Mayo Clinic
  • Lumiata
  • VoxHealth

Report incorrect information

If you see any problems with the health information, do the following:

  1. Below the health information, select Feedback.
  2. Follow the steps to explain what information is wrong.

We'll use your feedback to improve what’s shown in the future.

Information Google stores about your medical searches

Your searches will be saved if you have the Web & App Activity setting turned on. You can view and remove any searches on your Web & App Activity page.


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