The weird and wild world of symptoms that people are searching for.
If you’re like most people, at some point you’ve Googled a particular medical symptom to determine whether that runny nose is a cold or brain cancer.
Eligibility.com compiled a list of the most Googled symptoms by state. Some aren’t surprising, such as morning sickness in Utah, which has a high birth rate, but others are much more interesting, if not downright weird.
Here are some of the stranger ones.
South Carolina residents are most concerned about dark green poop, while Wisconsinites are having issues with light-colored poop.
We’re not sure what they’re eating in those states or what their fascination is with stool colors, but we suggest a diet with more neutral colors.
If you live in New Mexico, you were most likely to Google “flem” as a medical symptom.
You were also likely to fare poorly in the local spelling bee, seeing as how it’s spelled “phlegm.”
We’re not sure what’s going on in the Northwest, but Idahoans were searching for “symptoms of E. coli” while neighboring Washington, Nevada and Wyoming were all looking up “stomach ache.”
Maybe we’ll stick to bottled water on our next trip out west.
Alabama and Mississippi apparently had their own share of stomach issues, searching for “acid reflux” and “gas” respectively.
We suggest cutting back on the barbeque and beer at tailgates as a starting point.
Montana, Minnesota and West Virginia looked up “irritable.”
Our treatment plan involves reducing cable news consumption by 50 percent.
Arkansas residents focused on “fever” while directly to the south, Louisiana residents were concerned about “chills.”
We can only assume that those living on the state line had a normal body temperature – not too hot, not too cold.
People in Maine Googled “night sweats” more than any other symptom.
We suggest not reading Stephen King novels before bed.
In South Dakota, people were looking up “headache location chart.”
Pro tip: Most headaches are located in your head.
Ohioans were concerned about “paleness.”
Since the sun only shines there for 15 minutes a year, residents should not be concerned.
If you live in Alaska, “snoring” is the most looked up symptom, which is understandable with those long winter nights.
“Signs of low testosterone” was the most Googled symptom in Nebraska.
No word on whether it was the men or the women of the state who were more concerned about this issue.
Indiana residents focused on “uncircumcised problems” more than any other symptom.
We have no idea why they aren’t circumcising their problems to begin with in Indiana, but studies show that it has little effect on overall health. Residents also get our admiration for spelling it correctly-take note, New Mexico.
California’s biggest issue was “sweaty palms.”
We suggest not gripping the elliptical machine handles so tightly and reducing marijuana intake at Hollywood parties until the symptoms subside. If symptoms remain after two weeks, avoid Lakers games. Failing that, move to New Jersey or Delaware, which have rampant “lucid dreams” problems, which should cure your sweaty palms.