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Mild Medical Condition Database

Well that's helpful, except MY foot is still attached.
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I've got a problem that I'm sure anybody else who tries to self diagnose problems on the internet has had. I have a wound on my foot that isn't really healing, and I'm worried it may be infected. So the first thing I do is go to WebMD which lists symptoms such as "swelling" and "redness of the skin." Well it's not really swelling and I don't know how much redness to look for. Large red area with red spiderwebbing veins? Small red splotches? So step two is a google image search which inevitably turns up nothing but pictures of fatal gangrene infections and what looks like trenchfoot. Similar problems can be encountered when trying to diagnose that weird ___ on your ___ or deciding when to see the doctor for that itchy ____.

What I need is an online medical database with photos and descriptions of medical problems that normal people encounter in their normal lives. Not a worst case scenario for trench warfare, or a parasite that only lives in the Congo.

DIYMatt, Jul 16 2012


       The thing is, it makes sense to start from the most dangerous things to miss and work your way down to harmlessness. Or does it? Maybe not. Anyway, there's a place called Dermnet.nz or something where you can submit pictures of your skin disease and they'll tell you what it is.
nineteenthly, Jul 16 2012

       Must be a nice site to browse...ugh!
blissmiss, Jul 16 2012

       // submit pictures of your skin disease and they'll tell you what it is. //   

       It's very worrying to know that there are people who sit around eagerly awaiting images of skin diseases to arrive in their inbox …   

       "BING! You have new Psoriasis … "
8th of 7, Jul 16 2012

UnaBubba, Jul 16 2012

       At work I had to make a PowerPoint presentation for Sexually Transmitted Infections...there are some things that one NEVER wants to see!!!
xandram, Jul 16 2012

       This is true. In fact, there are things that it is good not to even know the existence of, let alone see.   

       For example, our notorious "What Not To Do With Explosives" illustrated lecture has a high incidence of audience members fainting, running out of the room to vomit, or indeed just running out never to return.   

       Particularly efficacious in this respect is image #33. "Two Time Pencils in a Front Trouser Pocket", which at best elicits a horrified silence, normally results in all the male participants turning a distinctive shade of ashen grey, and has on one memorable occasion brought the lecture to an abrupt end when two of the venue organisers became unwell and had to leave.   

       For this reason, the coffee break is normally inserted at this point, although few attendees seem to want any coffee or biscuits, being entirely satisfied with walking around in the fresh air taking deep breaths. Many apparently feel a powerful urge to smoke a cigarette, even though they have never indulged before in their lives.   

       For the same reason, the image previously used as #34, "Grenade Concealed in Brassiere(Left Upper Thorax, Post-mortem)" has now been re-positioned just before the lunch break, ensuring a clear run at the buffet; sadly, on those occasions where complementary wine is available, the serving area is usually besieged, generally by Muslims and Methodists.   

       As as aside, a large laptop case/briefcase, or better a Pilot's case, containing only the smallest possible netbook and a couple of cool-paks, can hold enough scavengings from a typical 30-person buffet to feed the average adult male human for three to five days, without recourse to the unpleasant process of going to shops and paying out money for groceries.   

       Attempts to disguise a camping coolbox as a laptop case have so far proved unsuccessful, but work is continuing.
8th of 7, Jul 16 2012

       Bringing the topic back to the idea at hand, bun. Bun this and pray webmd or someone bakes it. Bun till it itches somewhat for a few days longer than seems right. then. In it again.
white, Jul 16 2012

       [+] hear hear.
FlyingToaster, Jul 16 2012

       (+) I dunno [DIYMatt], could be Lupus.   

       It's never lupus.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 16 2012

       Basically what you're looking for is the Wal- Mart version of Greg House …
8th of 7, Jul 16 2012

       I think this is a good idea; of course only if there is a corresponding database of 'things that seemed like a really mild medical condition but killed the guy a week later'.
penguin42, Jul 16 2012

       This would be a good entry-level website for hyprochondriacs who are just learning the ropes, and want to start with something small.   

       The site itself could be free but, if you find something you like, you could take a paid upgrade to a more serious illness.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 16 2012

       // paid upgrade // no doubt achieved by phoning a call centre staffed exclusively by Munchausens-by-proxy sufferers ?
8th of 7, Jul 16 2012

       This is a great idea if you have iatrophobia.
Phrontistery, Jul 17 2012

       I don't actually *have* hypochondrophobia, but I'm terrified I'll catch it from something.
lurch, Jul 17 2012

       Too late, reading this idea has already infected you.
Phrontistery, Jul 17 2012

       Don't worry if you're a kleptomaniac... You can always take something for it.
UnaBubba, Jul 17 2012


       Huh, so that's the word for it.   

       Quackophobia... an (irrational) fear that your doctor doesn't know what he/she is doing.
UnaBubba, Jul 17 2012


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