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Going to the doctor can be expensive, especially if you don’t have a health plan. What’s annoying is discovering you could have gotten his or her advice for free within the comfort and privacy of your own home by having your medical questions answered free from professionals online.

Often, diagnosing illnesses and symptoms can be extremely simple. Learning more about the condition that you have educates you, so you can make an informed decision on whether or not you should then seek medical attention or deal with it yourself.


Of course, medical advice is something you want from a trusted source. And the Internet is often presumed to be a bad source for health apps and information. However, there are quite a few websites out there owned and run by healthcare professional providing free medical advice and answers to readers questions. Here are three great sites where you can have your medical questions answered for free.

Editor’s note: MakeUseOf is in no way advocating self-diagnosis and/or treatment. This is merely a source of information. If you require medical attention, do not hesitate to visit a healthcare professional.

Medical Questions Answered Free – Ask Medical Doctor

This is a simple site with thousands of answered questions already in its database. It’s really simple to use and is held in a very high esteem by its users. Along the top of the site there are various categories and links to the doctors’ profiles and recent questions. There is also a ticker tape running across the top of the screen with numerous conditions including everything from Autism to Cancer and STIs.

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The homepage consists mainly of this question form which you enter your medical query into. The response time varies much in the same way replies to comments on a blog vary. Whenever there is a doctor on call, then your questions should be answered. 24 hours would be the maximum you’ll be waiting.

However, you may not need to even “˜ask’ your question. As I mentioned above, there are thousands already answered so performing a search or sifting through one of the categories along the top of the site may be quicker.

Med Help

MedHelp is a form of medical social network with over 9 million visitors per month. The community is made up of users and experts (experts are clearly marked). Registration is required to partake in the community. I think this is to keep you coming back and hopefully spread your own knowledge.

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What I liked most about this site was that the community answers questions as well as experts. Obviously, the community could only answer general knowledge questions from their own experience. But with such a large amount of users there is bound to be someone there who went through it before you did. There is also user forums and dictionaries to look up medical jargon (this is very useful) and profiles of various health centres and treatments.

medical questions answered free

The community on MedHelp are supportive, mature and above all else, backed up by experts in their fields who keep the conversation accurate and dole out excellent advice to those who need it.

The site also offers numerous tools and web apps to help you keep fit and track recovery data. Ryan profiled those here MedHelp- A Mental & Physical Fitness Log to Monitor Your Health MedHelp- A Mental & Physical Fitness Log to Monitor Your Health Read More a few months back.

MD Advice

This website is also great for having your medical questions answered. When you first log onto the site, click “˜Ask and Expert’ in the left-hand column. This will bring you to the a page where you can submit your question to the doctor and receive a reply via email 5 Ways to Protect & Hide Your Email to Stop Receiving Spam 5 Ways to Protect & Hide Your Email to Stop Receiving Spam Read More .

There is also a vast library of previously answered questions, like the sites above. They also have loads of articles and information on the website such as “˜Drug Information’ and the “˜Health Library’.

The Health Library is the reason I chose MD Advice. It’s packed with loads of common injuries and illnesses such as sports injuries and pregnancy along with health advice and nutrition. Furthermore, there is a community message board and also live chat rooms for both the expert and the members.

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Always remember though, information found on the Internet should only be secondary to that of a doctor who you can meet in person and have checks done. For medical emergencies and extreme cases with a sense of urgency, it’s best to visit your doctor.

So there you go. Before you rush off to the doctors next time, check to see if your symptoms are something which can be treated at home. Which online medical services do you use?

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  1. dilip sharma
    December 1, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Iam having stomach problem and internal weakness

  2. vikas
    October 7, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Dear doctor
    Yesterday I went to pathology lab for giving my blood sample. The health care person first checked my test document then he wrapped bandage around my arm. Thereafter he checked both my arms by touching them and finally choose right arm for drawing blood. Then he took a fresh needle sanitized my skin. Before injecting the needle he again touched my skin with his fingers. After that he injected the needle. While injecting the needle some blood (I guess 2 drops) came out from the point of injection and spread on my skin where he touched me before injecting the needle. Is it possible that he had blood strains of previous patient on his fingers and when he touched my skin before injecting the needle the blood might remain on my skin and when my blood drops touched them I became infected by HIV. Is transmission of HIV is possible in this way. Please help me

  3. tori
    September 28, 2016 at 2:32 am

    i need some advice asap! i have my tubes tied (3 years ago) & haven't gotten my period in over three months. i have health issues such as fibromyalgia and "developing lupus", i strongly believe those have nothing to do with what's going on but i wanted to throw that out there.

    lately, for the passed week or two, i've been having gradual pain during and especially after sex. i have strong constant period like cramps or discomfort but after sex i will feel super sharp pains almost as if my uterus is contracting from sex and each contraction makes me scream out in pain,but then it's done until the next contraction 30 seconds later. this will last up to two hours, also.

    i feel discomfort and pain when my bladder is full or when i eat, as well.

    now on top of all of this, i've been having really bad hot flashes that cause my feet to feel like they're on FIRE and even turn beat red. it interferes with sleep which in turn is affecting life in general with two young toddlers.

    & the last symptom i can really notice is that i'm very weak and faint. sometimes so faint i feel almost trembly and i shake a little

    no fever - 28 yrs old

  4. krystal
    July 25, 2016 at 6:04 am

    I had been with my partner for 3 years and we have never been pregnant. This year will be the fourth and I'm finally pregnant. But I had unprotected sex with a guy on the 6/12/15 and then the next day I continued to have sex with my partner right up untill now.. I got my period on the 21/12/15 it was only 3 days and that's the first time ever that that's happened to me. Then I got my period again in January and that too was only 3 days I just can't remember what day... I did a pregnancy test at the beginning of February around about the 16th and it came back negative. I usually get my period around the 21st of every month but I missed it so I did another pregnancy test on the 29/2/2016 and it came back positive. I went for my first scan on the 8/3/2016 and I was told I was 5 weeks and 6 days. I'm so scared it's not my partners.. I need to know!! Could you help with the information I've given you??? Please.

    • kurizumaru
      August 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      doing the math from March 8, 2016, your conception date (by the 5 weeks 6 days you've provided) would be January 27, 2016.

  5. sarah
    July 24, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Hey, im 20 years old, I was on the implanion implant for 3 years, during which my periods stopped entirely after a year or so being on it. Before hand they were heavy and irregular. It has been 5 months since the removal and I have not yet had a period at all or spotting which is concerning me of my chances of pregnancy in the future. After researching people only wait a maximum of a couple of months for their periods to return.

  6. john
    July 8, 2016 at 2:17 am

    is there any way you can fail a drug test from ingesting anal juice from a person who used drugs over 30 days ago?

  7. vikas dhika
    June 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Dear sir,
    I got a minor cut on my lower abdomen while having a shave with trimmer in a hospital (I was being prepared for gall bladder laparoscopy).Is there any chance that I got infected with some virus specially like HIV 1 or HIV 2.
    I had a negative HIV antibody test 12 days after that cut.
    With regards.

  8. Ben
    June 19, 2016 at 6:39 am

    For the past few months, I've noticed my upper left abdomen just below my rib cage almost feel slightly swollen at times. Particularly when I drink caffeine or eat a big meal, it almost feels like it's ballooning out. Often times I feel nothing at all. Then out of the blue, just around that area, it will start to feel itchy with no signs of redness on the skin. I went and got an ultra sound, but nothing turned up. I still continued to notice it and I'm beginning to worry that it could be something more.

    What could cause this swelling and itching? It is only isolated to the upper left part of my abdomen. I've already gotten blood tests and an ultrasound.

  9. rishu
    June 10, 2016 at 6:01 am

    m 28 year old have thyroid disorder tsh levels are 6.18 which should not be more than 5.5 ..a bone nodule is in the side of wrist which is painful in morning sensitive to cold restrct motion of hand ...skin rashes are there in body frequent urination is also occuring..all this related to thryod or any cyst or Rhuematid arthrities ?kindly help

  10. ashesh
    May 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    my wife is 45 yr old , since last month she has started abnormal vaginal bleeding continuously. she has been prescribed by doctor deviry 10mg twice a day. even after one week of meditation ,no improvement has been seen.

  11. pablo bert
    May 23, 2016 at 1:47 am

    questiondoctors.com also a good free ask a doctor question

  12. R.Deviprasad
    May 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Dear Doctor.

    I have post nasal drip and soar throat. In day time i sweat a lot on my shoulders and back. Can you please adwise.

  13. Stephanie
    May 17, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I have painful red toes on all toes and swollen with intense burning sensation. It is also aggravated with standing, warmth, and exercise. It is more noticeable on left foot toes than right toes but right is increasing to the level of the left. No swelling or issues with the rest of the both feet. Both feet have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both feet, but future apt set for rheumatology. Already seen a hematologist, vascular surgeon and both said all findings were within normal range. It is not Raynaud's or chilblains. Trying Gabapentin and it is not helping. I have to elevate feet and put a fan on them to keep feeling cool and swelling down. Touching toes doesn't feel any warmer than rest of body. Any help would be appreciated. I also thought maybe suggesting an MRI might help to further investigate but don't know if I should ask my doctor for one.

  14. Majorie
    May 11, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I am a 62year old woman. I have a discharge. And it smells I had a complete esdrimity 15 years ago.

  15. TINKU
    May 9, 2016 at 9:17 am

    sir, I have noticed spread if dandruff and scaling hair falling and darkening of skin on both whiskers sides and forehead .Then i consulted and gave me depiwhite to apply and Acne UV gel sunscreen. after one month and im not feeling any change.more strangely my face get more darkness.I hope for an effective advice

  16. Audrey Stewart
    May 6, 2016 at 3:23 am

    I am an athletic 18 year old. In the past year my heart has been begun palpitating. I saw a cardiologist and he said I was fine and that I can do anything I want and the only reason for me to come back is if I pass out. I haven't passed out but recently my chest has been getting tight and its uncomfortable and at times slightly painful and it feels better when the chest is pressed on. It only feels this way for about five to thirty minutes at a time and happens sometimes more than once a day. Is it something I should be worried about?

  17. angel
    April 23, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I am married. I have 25 years old. And my husband has 29 years old. Now I am pregnant. But my husband had tinnitus in left ear before 10 years. Then he had done surgery to recover tinnitus. After the surgery, he has hearing loss as the side effect of operation for the left ear. I have a doubt that “ is this type of tinnitus is inherited to our baby and if yes how many percentages will get tinnitus for my baby?” we are very tensed really. Is there any hearing loss problem is inherited to my baby? If yes, how much percent probability get a hearing loss?

  18. rehana
    April 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    My daughter's due date was today. The midwife checked her and said that the baby had not grown in the last two weeks. What is the significance of this and is there anything to worry about (as the baby is late).

  19. charlene
    December 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    hi am not sure if contracted hep c. i am very careful with blood spills at home as i dont want my brother to get it .Today i had a small amount of blood on my finger as i cleaned it quickly sucking it i passed a pack of cigs to my brother and i am worried sick that it he gets it. Is it possible to get it this way if i have it ..i am very anxious as he is studying medicine and in future want to be a doctor. pls help

  20. amanda
    December 1, 2015 at 1:27 am

    with things progressing my family is trying find options even though its not what I want so is there an option remove a good portion a brain tumor and put in a tube of some sort to safely get more after a year or two when the tumor is deemed inoperable due to the location

  21. maria
    November 16, 2015 at 9:59 am

    September 27th 2015 I did my first abortion, my pregnancy testing is positive again on November 14. is this pregnancy safe for my health?

  22. Asif Pasha
    October 7, 2015 at 7:01 am

    i have a congenital radioulnar synostosis,,is it possible to correct my abnormality by doing surgery??

  23. Nazar Wali
    June 28, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Hi- Iam disable with my left hand and I use an artificial hand since last ten years, but since 5 years I am in so much trouble because when I use my artificial hand I get more pain in my own hand and bring more effect on my mind and it got my memory so weak, Please write me any crime or powder to use and to be protect my pain, I can not l go without artificial hand because I feel shame.

    Respectfully

  24. Arif
    May 12, 2015 at 5:29 am

    last month me and my girlfriend having sex but i used a condom.at first i rubbed my panis on her vagina.in this month she missed her period.is there any chance to get pregnant from precum?
    please answer.

    • DaddysGirl75
      April 8, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Yes.

  25. rahul paswan
    May 5, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    plz help me to know what dose mean of Dis sentence ... (No active lung parenchymal lesion is seen)

  26. Anne
    May 3, 2015 at 1:08 am

    My sister lost her 44 year old husband last Tuesday to oropharyngeal cancer due to him bleeding to death. She unfortunately witnessed this.
    She remembers him shaking and kicking while this was happening.
    I am trying to find out if this was because he was bleeding out and if he was aware of what was going on and if he was suffering.
    Please advise. It would be a great help.
    Thank you in advance.

  27. Anonymous
    April 30, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I have had a very hoarse voice and my voice is deepened and I have pain only on left side of my throat plus I also notice a clicking feeling when I swallow . any idea what could be happing? This been going on last couple months

  28. vero
    April 29, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Dr.i slept with 2guys its October 2013 so I dnt know who is de father my last period 01 October.

  29. Seiji
    March 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I have a question i think its a minor one but please answer it im dead worried.So i had a flu and cough so i went to see the doctor he gave me flu pills and cough medicine in liquid form.he asked me to take it 3 times a day.So today i forgot to take my medcine due to work and before i sleep i yolo took 3 flu pills and drank 30 ml of the cough medicine at once.Will there any side effects?what will happen to me?

  30. victoria crookshank
    March 5, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I have a Question. I get swelling and pain in my left wrist i had surgery before for cabltunel, and gagula sists, the problem now it swells up with back and blue and i loose steanth in my wrist. I've seen 2 doctors already for this they its carble tunnel syndrome. I don't know how much i can take but lately it has gotten worse please help thank You

  31. Aleksandra
    January 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Hi, i am coughing up blood a few days , it is small amounts of blood with secretions , that occur after violent coughing because i have been seek a few days , and i also concluded that the i cough up blood after lying down, (in the morning , after sleeping), right now i am feeling pain in the chest and my back ( i think that is from bag cough) it occur just 4 time for 6 days, and the last time was today, and it was very very small amount of blood and was not very red ( the last 3 times was very red and mucous ), I am 26 year old female, and smoker for 8 year. I am very concerned , should it be from prolonged coughing?
    Thanks

    • Oleg
      January 15, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Hi, Alexandra. I am not a doctor. I decided to answer you because I see that no one has answered. So I think that unprofessional advice is better than none. First of all you should take a chest X-ray. It is absolutely necessary for all patients with such symptoms. I understand your fear and guess that you are most afraid of lung cancer. I can tell you that there are a lot of reasons which can cause coughing up blood. They include bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, cancer and a lot of others. No one could tell you without thorough examination. Considering your young age, I don't think that lung cancer would be the most likely reason of your problem. 90% cases of lung cancer occur in patients older than 50 years. And you are only 26. So don't be afraid. But also you should understand that your problem requires going to your physician. Don't put it off. My father who is a heavy smoker had such problems twice in his life. First time it was caused by pneumonia. The second time etiology wasn't completely clear but it certainly wasn't neither cancer nor tuberculosis.

  32. honeylucy
    December 31, 2014 at 7:12 am

    where we get best healthcare solutions

  33. Gary
    December 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I have had enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and under my rt. arm for over 2 months with a change in my stool. I have had blood work with a smear plate and a ct scan, both showing nothing unusal. The ct scan did confirm swollen nodes. I have taken a seven day supply of antibiotics and my doctor says we have to wait and see. It has been a month since ct scan and still no improvements. I'm am a 65 year old white male, I take crestor 20, clopidogrel 75 and lisinopril 10 daily with a 325 aspirin and a daily multiple vitamin. I have discontinued my medicines for a week and this did nothing to help. What do you suggest I do. I might add the change in stool is harder and larger and this started before the antibiotics.

  34. Vinod
    April 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I went to the first site ( http://www.askmedicaldoctor.com ), and I could see all answers for free. There are thousands of answered questions in its database, and it may be worth to have a look at it.

  35. stumblefingers
    March 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I went to the first "free" site you listed to see the deal. They wanted $4 to look at an archived answer! How is this free?

    I run into this nonsense all the time looking to answer tech questions too.

    I agree that google is probably just as useful, and last I looked, google doesn't charge me to look in the archives

  36. Maria Johnstone
    March 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Great list Dean! Another way to get a free medical advise is to contact one of the many "medical tourism" websites that are around. I've contacted http://www.sublimis.com a few times and they've always been really helpful.

  37. Pravin
    March 2, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I found more information on google search in less time than all the three above sites

    Pravin

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