Developer: WebMD Health Corporation
Price: free Download on the App Store
Sometime over the past 10 years just about everyone has sat down at their computer and visited the WebMD website seeking information for a remedy or relief from an injury or illness. With the WebMD mobile iPhone app from WebMD, LLC you can now access that same information conveniently on your iPhone.
The WebMD mobile iPhone app is loaded with a plethora of information. Once opened WebMD mobile offers four selections to get started: Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid and WebMD Search.
Chose Symptom checker and WebMD mobile will ask for your age, zip code, and gender. Next you will have a choice of how to conduct the symptom search. Choose between General Symptoms, Skin Symptoms or select the specific area of concern (Head, neck, arm, etc.). You are guided to a list of symptoms.
Select a symptom, such as dizziness and you will be able to view possible causes. In this case the response was Meniere’s disease or Motion sickness. I selected Meniere’s disease and was directed to a blank screen. So I’m thinking it’s not Meniere’s. I return to the previous screen and select Motion sickness. The following page detailed the definition, symptoms, causes, and treatment for motion sickness. It also lists FAQ’s — causes, diagnoses, treatment and therapies for motion sickness. But selecting any of these will direct you out of the WebMD mobile and onto the WedMD website.
When choosing Drugs & Treatments WebMD mobile gives you a choice of finding a drug by using the search feature, identifying a pill by shape, color or imprint, or browsing the top 200 drugs by name. Next you’ll select a drug from a list of possibilities.
After selecting a drug, WebMD mobile provides information such as how it’s administered (oral), the phonetic pronunciation of the drug name, and the brand name. Also you can select from a list of five options: Uses, Side Effects, Precautions, Interactions, and Overdose. Select one of these options and you are lead to the appropriate page for information regarding that selection.
WebMD mobile’s First Aid page starts with a list of possible symptoms. Select your symptom and you’re directed to the treatment page. I selected dizziness earlier when using the symptom checker, so I chose it again in first aid mode. Immediately I was sent to the treatment page.
At the top of the page was a notification that advised, if having chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe bleeding, sudden weakness or numbness, or if I think I am having a medical emergency to call 911. The odd thing about this warning, even though it is at the top of the page, is that is written in a really small font. Below the warning are the treatments for dizziness — Self-Care at home, Medical Treatment or more information from eMedicineHealth. Be aware that selecting this last option will take you out of WebMD mobile and onto the web using Safari.
WebMD mobile has an overabundance of information and getting to that information can be time consuming. There are just too many steps to get through to obtain results and often those results reside outside of WebMD mobile on the Internet. Depending on your needs, that might not be an issue for you. If your needs are in the moment medical situations I find it too task heavy.
If you plan to use it for mostly educational purposes and you have time to spend looking things up, you will more than likely love having WebMD mobile for your on the go medical reference. If you're looking for something to help with a current ailment and need help quickly spend the money and try SymptomMD.