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Alabama: Acid reflux from This Is the Most Searched Medical Symptom in Your State

This Is the Most Searched Medical Symptom in Your State

What ails each state?
searching medical symptoms

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With so much information now available on the internet and exorbitant healthcare costs affecting many people across the country, it’s inevitable that people tend to turn to Google rather than their doctor at the first sign of an illness. The most common ailments, however, can vary depending on where you live.

In a recent study, Eligibility.com found that 89 percent of patients will look up their medical symptoms online before seeing a physician. In order to find out what ails each state the most, they gathered information by first surveying American citizens on their Googling habits and then finding the most frequently searched symptoms of the past year. They then ran each symptom through Google Trends to find which state had the highest search volume for it. The results were fascinating, surprising and sometimes downright odd.

Alabama: Acid reflux

Alabama: Acid reflux

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Folks in Alabama may want to stop eating certain foods, because acid reflux seems to afflict quite a few people there. Acid reflux is when stomach acid comes back up into a person’s esophagus, causing a burning pain (known as heartburn) in the lower chest area.

Alaska: Snoring

Alaska: Snoring

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Snoring seems to be Alaska’s biggest problem, which is a bit concerning considering recent studies indicate it isn’t as harmless as you might think.

Arizona: Morning sickness

Arizona: Morning sickness

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The population of Arizona was estimated to be 7,171,646 in 2018, an increase of 12.20 percent from 2010, and its population increase between 1990 and 2000 — by nearly 40 percent — made it the second fastest growing state. It’s no wonder, then, that morning sickness — a symptom of pregnancy — seems to be such a large concern statewide.

Arkansas: Fever

Arkansas: Fever

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As if the weather in Arkansas wasn’t hot enough, it seems that Arkansans also have to deal with fevers more often than those in other states.

California: Sweaty palms

California: Sweaty palms

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Sweaty palms seem to be a common affliction in the Golden State, which could be a result of the warm weather or even a symptom of anxiety.

Colorado: Insomnia

Colorado: Insomnia

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Colorado is said to have at least 300 days of sunshine a year, which may be why its residents aren’t getting as much sleep as they should.

Connecticut: Stress

Connecticut: Stress

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Part of the tri-state area, Connecticut is full of stressed-out professionals and growing families. It doesn’t help that they also pay the most taxes and yet receive the least in return, according to the Hartford Courant.

Delaware: Stuffy nose

Delaware: Stuffy nose

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According to The News Journal, people in Delaware tend to show allergy symptoms throughout the year due to multiple allergies. Unfortunately, that means a lot of stuffy noses that need to be cared for.

Florida: Nasal congestion

Florida: Nasal congestion

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Down south, stuffy noses are also affecting Floridians, although here, it may be more due to causes such as humidity and pollution.

Georgia: Nasal congestion

Georgia: Nasal congestion

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Just north of Florida, it makes sense that Georgians are affected similarly to their neighbors and searching for clues on how to deal with nasal congestion.

Hawaii: Sore throat

Hawaii: Sore throat

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In the beautiful Aloha State, locals seem to find themselves dealing with sore throats quite often. Sore throat can indicate strep throat, allergies or tonsillitis, or it may mean you have either a cold or the flu.

Idaho: Symptoms of E. coli

Idaho: Symptoms of E. coli

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Idaho was one of the states hit hardest by the E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce last year. It makes sense, therefore, that Idahoans were on edge and looking up symptoms of the illness to make sure they don’t have it.

Illinois: Stress

Illinois: Stress

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People in Illinois seem to be super stressed out, which is not only terrible for their mental health but takes quite a toll on their physical health too.

Indiana: Uncircumcised problems

Indiana: Uncircumcised problems

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Approximately 5 percent of uncircumcised boys may experience issues with their foreskin, according to Reuters. Of those, about a third may need surgery to correct the issue. Problems can include chronic inflammation, phimosis and paraphimosis.

Iowa: Stress

Iowa: Stress

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According to Wallethub, Iowa is actually one of the least stressed states in the nation. That doesn’t mean stress doesn’t exist, of course, and perhaps the fact that Iowans are Googling “stress” so often is a testament to how good things are for them in general. Or perhaps they’re simply looking it up to understand what their out-of-state friends are going through.

Kansas: Stress

Kansas: Stress

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Stress seems to be affecting Kansans quite badly; according to The Topeka Capital Journal, the state has been experiencing a dramatic increase in stress-related deaths among middle-aged whites in particular over the past two decades.

Kentucky: Upper back pains

Kentucky: Upper back pains

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People in Kentucky may want to work on improving their posture, as it’s one of the leading causes of upper back pain. Other causes include stress, lack of sleep, and injuries.

Louisiana: Chills

Louisiana: Chills

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The most searched symptom in Louisiana was chills, a sudden feeling of coldness that typically happens while one has a fever. Most commonly, chills are the result of an inflammatory disease such as the flu, a urinary tract infection or malaria. They can also occur as a chronic issue or spontaneously occur in someone who is otherwise healthy, although this is not as common.

Maine: Night sweats

Maine: Night sweats

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On the other end of the spectrum, people in Maine are having episodes where they feel too hot. Night sweats, or episodes of excessive sweating while sleeping, are typically a symptom of something else such as an illness, menopause or a side effect of medication. You may also be sweating due to the room temperature, blankets or sleepwear, but such episodes would not be medically considered night sweats.

Maryland: Stressed

Maryland: Stressed

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Maryland is the second most stressed-out state in America, as reported by The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, in particular, is the state’s most stressed city and the 21st most stressed nationwide.

Massachusetts: Stressed

Massachusetts: Stressed

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Massachusetts is actually the third least stressed state according to Wallethub, which found that the state had the lowest work-related stress of any state thanks to workers having the third highest job security and the fourth fewest hours worked per week on average. With so many educational institutions, especially highly prestigious universities such as MIT and Harvard, perhaps Bay Staters are stressing over academics, if not what to order from their favorite coffee chain.

Michigan: Stuffed nose

Michigan: Stuffed nose

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Michigan has some very cold and very long winters, especially in its Upper Peninsula, and some northern areas of the state average almost 160 inches of snow annually. As a result of the cold weather, stuffed noses abound.

Minnesota: Irritable

Minnesota: Irritable

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Minnesota has one of the highest standards of living in the country, so we’re not sure why Minnesotans are looking up irritability on their search engines. Perhaps they’re wondering what’s up with people from other states.

Mississippi: Gas

Mississippi: Gas

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Maybe it’s the fantastic Southern cuisine, but Mississippians are super gassy. Gassiness can also be caused by eating too fast or chronic illnesses such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease.

Missouri: Stress

Missouri: Stress

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Dealing with political turmoil and a struggling economy, it’s no wonder that Missourians are feeling stressed out. One great way to deal with stress is through mindfulness tricks such as meditation and journaling.

Montana: Irritable

Montana: Irritable

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Although Montana is the fourth largest state in terms of area, it’s the third least densely populated and eighth least populated. Perhaps that loneliness is why its citizens are so irritable — or maybe it’s the state’s freezing winters.

Nebraska: Signs of low testosterone

Nebraska: Signs of low testosterone

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Nebraskans seem to be concerned about low testosterone, which can particularly affect men once they turn 40. Symptoms include hair loss, low libido, erectile dysfunction and, if it’s a prolonged occurrence, decreased bone density and muscle mass.

Nevada: Stomach ache

Nevada: Stomach ache

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A stomach ache is most typically not actually from your stomach; most people use the term to describe abdominal pain or discomfort. People in Nevada may be experiencing the issue in any number of organs, such as their intestines, appendix, colon, gallbladder and more. Common causes of abdominal pain include bloating, gastroesophageal reflux disease, appendicitis, urinary tract infections, indigestion or irritable bowel syndrome.

New Hampshire: Bloating

New Hampshire: Bloating

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As unpleasant as it might feel, bloating isn’t anything to worry about and can even be a good sign. The people of New Hampshire just might have eaten a specific food that’s causing this buildup of gas, or it could also be the result of carbonation or stress.

New Jersey: Lucid dreams

New Jersey: Lucid dreams

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A dream in which you know you’re dreaming is known as a lucid dream, and it seems the people of the Garden State are particularly afflicted with it. Lucid dreams can sometimes be controlled by the dreamer, and perhaps the fast-paced lifestyle and high taxes of New Jersey are what’s leading its citizens to look for an escape in sleep.

New Mexico: Flem

New Mexico: Flem

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We assume that by “flem,” New Mexicans are looking up why they’re dealing with a lot of phlegm, the thick mucus resulting from irritation or illness that is coughed up from the respiratory tract.

New York: Loss of sleep

New York: Loss of sleep

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It should come as no surprise that the home state of the City That Never Sleeps suffers from, well, a lack of sleep. Sleep is quite essential to your mental and physical health, however, and sleep deprivation can lead to quite a bit of trouble.

North Carolina: Loss of sleep

North Carolina: Loss of sleep

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There’s a significant population of transplants from New York in North Carolina (according to Carolina Demography, New York is the most common out-of-state birthplace for North Carolina residents), so perhaps they’ve brought their insomnia with them. Hopefully, North Carolinians can work on getting a solid eight hours of sleep, as it can make a big difference.

North Dakota: IBS symptoms

North Dakota: IBS symptoms

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North Dakota residents have been looking up symptoms of IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, a common disorder affecting the large intestine that’s characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, cramps, gas, diarrhea and/or constipation. Causes can vary but the issue is typically due to specific food triggers, stress or lifestyle.

Ohio: Paleness

Ohio: Paleness

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Paleness, or pallor, can be a symptom of anemia, shock or an artery blockage. We’re guessing Ohioans might just need to get some more sunshine, however.

Oklahoma: Flu symptoms

Oklahoma: Flu symptoms

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Oklahomans actually specifically looked up flu symptoms for 2018, as the flu comes around in a different strain every season. That’s why it’s important to get a flu shot every year in order to make sure your immunity is up to date.

Oregon: Stress

Oregon: Stress

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With an unemployment rate that’s higher than the national average and 21 percent of the population on food stamps — the third highest rate out of all 50 states — Oregonians have quite a bit to be stressed about. Ranked No. 18 on Wallethub’s list of the most stressed states overall, Oregon was also the state with the ninth highest level of family-related stress.

Pennsylvania: Stress

Pennsylvania: Stress

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Pennsylvania is yet another state where stress seems to affect quite a few of the citizens. With so much beautiful scenery thanks to the Poconos and amazing cultural scenes like that of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, however, there are a lot of ways to relax.

Rhode Island: Lucid dreams

Rhode Island: Lucid dreams

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Rhode Islanders are worrying about lucid dreams too, although not enough studies have been conducted for us to know what the long term effects are. Short term effects, however, can include disorientation and confusion about dreams versus reality, as well as a feeling of isolation from others due to feeling different as a result of the ability to have such dreams. Difficulty waking up can also increase over time.

South Carolina: Dark green stool

South Carolina: Dark green stool

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People in South Carolina have no need to be alarmed; dark green stool is typically not indicative of any serious health issues. It’s most commonly the result of eating excess amounts of leafy greens, consuming iron supplements, or significant diarrhea due to infection or the use of laxatives. If you’ve been enjoying quite a bit of salad lately or taking iron supplements, there’s no need to stop unless your doctor tells you to.

South Dakota: Headache location chart

South Dakota: Headache location chart

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South Dakotans don’t just want to know about their headaches in general. They’re savvy enough to figure that knowing what the location of their headache means will help them better treat it.

Tennessee: Pregnancy cravings

Tennessee: Pregnancy cravings

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Tennessee doesn’t have a particularly high birth rate, but enough expectant parents are dealing with pregnancy cravings that the state had a significant number of searches on the topic.

Texas: Nasal congestion

Texas: Nasal congestion

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Texas is one of the worst states for allergies, with allergens in the air throughout the year, as well as a warm and humid climate that’s sure to mess with the sinuses and cause serious nasal congestion.

Utah: Morning sickness

Utah: Morning sickness

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Morning sickness is a significant cause for concern in Utah, which makes sense considering the state has the second highest birth rate in the nation.

Vermont: Sniffles

Vermont: Sniffles

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Instead of worrying about congestion or a stuffy nose, Vermonters tend to deal with a simple case of the “sniffles,” most likely due to the cold climate for much of the year.

Virginia: Stress

Virginia: Stress

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With so many federal agencies located in Virginia and nearby D.C., Virginia is definitely filled with stressed-out government employees. It’s also home to the highest concentration of veterans out of all 50 states, as well as the highest concentration of people working in technology.

Washington: Stomach ache

Washington: Stomach ache

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Washingtonians are dealing with stomach aches as well, which can result from high levels of anxiety or stress or simply from eating habits. With 60 percent of the population living in the Seattle metropolitan area, we have to wonder if it’s a result of all the Starbucks they’re drinking.

West Virginia: Irritable

West Virginia: Irritable

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West Virginia’s irritability probably stems from the fact that it’s the fifth most stressed out state in the nation, per the report by Wallethub. It may take some effort, but working towards becoming a more positive person can definitely help with your mood.

Wisconsin: Light colored poop

Wisconsin: Light colored poop

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In contrast to the dark green stool South Carolinians have been dealing with, Wisconsites’ light colored stool may be cause for concern, as it indicates a lack of bile, which may be a result of bile duct obstruction. It can also be caused by issues such as infections, medication side effects or a diet with excessively fatty foods (maybe it’s all that cheese). If it happens just once or twice, you should be OK, but if it is a regular or prolonged occurrence, you should speak to a doctor.

Wyoming: Stomach ache

Wyoming: Stomach ache

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Wyoming is yet another state where people are looking into why their tummies hurt. In addition to various illnesses and diet choices, stomach aches are commonly caused by anxiety or stress levels and can even be an effect of pollution or extreme heat, proving your environment has a great effect on your health.

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