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Which Health Symptoms Do People Google Most?


Last updated on March 30th, 2022 at 05:25 PM

By David Saunders | UPDATED: 10:28, 25 February 2020

In the age of the internet, when we need an answer to a question, we are more than likely to ‘Google’ it.

This is especially true when it comes to health – with many of us searching online for the symptoms of a suspected health problem before going to a qualified doctor.

Interested in personal health, utilised Google analytics to discover which health symptoms people in 15 major cities across England are most searching for online.

The 15 major cities from England included in the research are:

Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Southampton.

Judging by their online search queries, Londoners are most concerned by the symptoms of hay fever (9.4%).

In the biggest city outside the capital, those in Birmingham seem to be most curious about the symptoms of constipation (9.5%).

Whilst in Manchester, people are most worried about the symptoms of a migraine (9.1%).

Interestingly, in nine of the 15 English cities analysed, symptoms for migraine is the most Googled. 

Overall, looking at the combined search volume for the 15 cities, people in England are most Googling symptoms for migraines (9.0%), followed by constipation (8.9%).

On the other hand, symptoms for muscle pain (0.7%) and sneezing (1.1%) seem to be the least searched online by individuals in England.

The full list of health symptoms considered in the research, ordered from the most to least in terms of combined search volume data from all 15 English cities:

Migraine (9.0%), constipation (8.9%), sore throat (8.6%), hay fever (8.3%), flu (6.0%), chest pain (5.8%), indigestion (4.9%), headache (4.9%), stress (4.9%), back pain (4.7%), nausea (4.6%), fatigue (4.0%), heart palpitation (3.9%), cough (3.3%), rash (3.3%), dizziness (3.2%), vomiting (3.0%), dehydration (2.8%), earache (2.8%), high temperature (1.4%), sneezing (1.1%) and muscle pain (0.7%)

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