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.About
- 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.
- 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)
- Suman Kasturia
- Molly Borman-Pullen
- Catherine Delphia
- Cassio Lynm
- Alison E. Burke
- Michele Graham
- Christy Krames
- Laurie O’Keefe
- Mayo Clinic
Report incorrect information
If you see any problems with the health information, do the following:
- Below the health information, select Feedback.
- Follow the steps to explain what information is wrong.
We'll use your feedback to improve what’s shown in the future.
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