Dr Google: The most Googled symptoms in the UK revealed Posted on September 1, 2022 at 4:17 pm. We’ve all been there. You’ve got a sore throat, a weird stomach pain or something a bit more awkward that you don’t want to talk to a Doctor about. Either you ignore it and hope it goes away, or you take to Google to try and find some answers, often to be met with some scary search results. In the workplace you may want to speak to a qualified first aider to if you are suffering from an illness. But which symptoms is the UK Googling the most, which cities are Googling some symptoms more than others and which city in the UK is the worst for relying on Dr Google? CE Safety analysed the number of times people across the UK search for some of the most common symptoms to reveal the answers. Diarrhoea is the most Googled symptom in the UK SymptomsTotal Avg. Monthly SearchesDiarrhoea78540Sore throat30810Insomnia27170Knee pain13490Chest pain13440Headache12780Heart palpitations12740Nausea9860Swollen ankle9400Bloodshot eye9060Dizziness8310Cough8080Neck pain7350Nosebleed7270Stomach ache4990Pelvic pain4870Dry eyes4700Itchy eye4510Shortness of breath4510Foot pain4150Stress relief1900Back ache1700Numbness in hands1440 Brits are searching for Diarrhoea more than any other symptom with a whopping 78,540 searches a month. Although it is an extremely common symptom and can be caused by a multitude of things such as noroviruses and bacteria from eating something dodgy, if you’re not getting better, get off Google and speak to a Doctor. Or, to avoid the worry of eating contaminated food, enrol in a Food Hygiene course. The second most searched for symptom is a sore throat with 30,810 searches a month, unsurprising after the pandemic and in third place is insomnia with 27,170 searches a month with searches peaking at 4am every night as people scroll TikTok, Twitter and eventually Google to try and send themselves off to sleep. Knee pain ranks fourth with 13,490 monthly searches and slightly more worryingly, chest pain fifth with 13,440 average monthly search volumes. Chest pain can be the sign of something more serious, so if in doubt go to the Doctor. A headache is another symptom that is Googled often with 12,780 searches a month. This large number could be due to the plethora of reasons you could have a headache, from dehydration to problems with your eyes. Geordies revealed as the biggest hypochondriacs in the UK relying on Dr Google more than anywhere else Turns out the Geordies turn to Dr. Google when worrying about their symptoms more than anyone else in the UK city with just over 2,609 searches per every 100,000 people per month. It seems that Google is where residents of Newcastle go to first to get the answers when they’re suffering with symptoms such as insomnia and knee pain. Leeds and Manchester follow just behind with 2,353 and 2,341 average searches respectively, followed by Brighton with 1,942 searches per 100,000 and Glasgow with 1,929. Out of the major UK towns and cities, Cardiff uses Google the least to self-diagnose, either choosing to ignore their symptoms or heading to a real Doctor. The UK overall is using Google to get help with symptoms 246,420 every month, the reasons for this could vary from it being quite difficult to access GP appointments due to shortages of GPs and funding problems. However, it’s very possible that this huge number of searches is because people are more comfortable heading to the web for help rather than speaking to somebody. The symptom each city relies on Google for the most revealed The UK capital London, in addition to Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Cardiff and Belfast (and most of the country) are looking for the most advice around Diarrhoea. For future reference, if you have this symptom, keep hydrated and the symptoms should pass in a couple of days and if not, call the Doctor. Sore throats are the most commonly Googled symptom in Sheffield and Glasgow, perhaps lingering COVID symptoms coming into play. People in Birmingham and Edinburgh are more concerned with their lack of sleep than anything else. The North heads to Google the most for each symptom, with Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle the cities with the highest searches per symptom SymptomCity in the UK with highestaverage number of searchesNo. of searches per 100,000 people Back AcheLeeds20Bloodshot EyesNewcastle109Chest PainNewcastle260CoughManchester81DiarrhoeaNewcastle832DizzyNewcastle88Dry EyesNewcastle57Foot PainNewcastle47HeadacheManchester149Heart PalpitationsNewcastle135InsomniaLeeds220Itchy EyesNewcastle57Knee PainNewcastle166NauseaManchester88Neck PainNewcastle73NosebleedNewcastle88Numbness in HandNewcastle21Pelvic PainManchester53Shortness of BreathNewcastle47Sore ThroatNewcastle307Stomach AcheManchester53Stress ReliefNewcastle21Swollen AnkleNewcastle88 Leeds is looking for advice on insomnia the most, the northern city struggling to sleep through the night. Newcastle is searching for help with sore throats and chest pains more than any other city and Manchester is searching for cough and headache symptoms the most. All in all, the UK is heading to Google for help with a huge number of aches and pains, but just remember: if in doubt, put the laptop down and call the Doctor.