WebMD.com has long been the go-to resource for self-diagnosis. WebMD Mobile now brings the ultimate hypochondriac’s tool to the iPhone. You can now check your symptoms and look over treatment options from wherever you are, with all the features of the WebMD.com website in this easy-to-use, stand-alone app.
WebMD Mobile features four main tabs:
- First Aid
The home screen basically just provides links to the other three and a WebMD.com search box. On the Symptoms screen you can select the part of your body which is troubling you and find out about possible conditions or issues.
The Treatments screen lets you search for a drug name, identify a pill by shape, color or imprint, or browse the top 200 drugs by name.
The First Aid screen features a long list of common conditions, everything from chest pain to drug overdose – and sensible, reliable medical advice is given for each.
Despite the obvious temptation to play House, it must be said that self-diagnosing is not a terribly smart thing to do. WebMD is not a replacement for going and seeing a doctor if you are sick or in pain. That said, what I think makes WebMD Mobile a real winner is the practical and up-to-date information you’ll find in the Treatment and First Aid tabs.
The ability to find individual drugs and read their safety sheets, with information on warnings, uses, side effects, precautions, interactions and overdoses is a real big plus for this app. Also, being able to look up first-aid best practice for a number of conditions is a great tool – not many people know how to safely handle a head injury or a broken arm.
Bottom line: Helpful and educational app, but no replacement for the doctor
WebMD Mobile requires the 2.1 software update and is compatible with both iPhone & iPod Touch.