Due to a recent incident, I still stand by the “don’t Google it” rule but here’s the one time I Googled it and got it right.
Disclaimer: For anyone who may not be good with health related topics (such as myself), this blog should be alright for you. There were not really any side effects to worry about and it is nothing to be afraid of. Take it from someone who had it and was totally fine with it!
One day in early 2015, I noticed a spot on the side of my stomach. At this point it was relatively small.
It hadn’t been long when I noticed that this spot was getting bigger. It was now about the size of two quarters put together in an oval shape. It had little bumps around the side and it was slightly itchy. I took to be a rash.
Over the next little bit, I noticed more little bumps popping up, and the itching was a little bit worse. A couple weeks later there were even more little red bumps popping up around my stomach and back. I started to worry.
I mentioned it to my mother, who thought it may just be a rash as well. “Well, maybe you should see a doctor,” she said when it was still there a week later.
I mentioned it to my grandmother who thought it may be ringworm.
My friend, being an instigator said I better get it checked out before “I die.” Thanks, friend. You’re the reason I’m still here today.
Being the hypochondriac that I am, I was not planning to go to the doctor anytime soon. That was a last resort. I would do anything in my power to avoid the doctor for as long as I could.
So, I Googled it.
Search: Itchy red patches on stomach and back.
Up came a page about rashes. I scrolled through the list until I found the one that I thought most accurately looked like it and described the same symptoms that I was having.
Pityriasis Rosea. A skin problem that causes a rash. Nobody knows what causes it but in most cases it is harmless.
I read into it a bit more to make sure it really matched with what I was experiencing. I learned that the large patch I had first noticed was called a “herald patch.” There could be some cold-like symptoms but I didn’t seem to have any. The patches could be christmas tree shaped, which I noticed I had.
So I told my mother what I thought it was and she said I better go to the doctor to make sure thats what it really was. So I agreed, only because I didn’t want to die and there was a good chance I was just wishful thinking on what I had.
Since I don’t have a family doctor anymore I had to go to a clinic. I didn’t mention anything about Pityriasis Rosea to the doctor. Partly because I didn’t want her to know that I Googled it and also partly because I didn’t want to be wrong. So I let her know what was going on and she checked it out. Then she left the room.
When she returned she asked if we had ever heard of Pityriasis Rosea. To which my mom and I laughed and said yes. That’s when I told her I had Googled it and we came in to be sure of what it was. She confirmed that it was and said it should go away soon. It did!
I still don’t believe that we should believe every result on Google, but when we get a strong feeling about something maybe take it with a grain of salt and consult a professional to be sure.
Have you ever Googled something and turned out to be right? Maybe you’ve also experienced Pityriasis Rosea? Let me know in the comments!