Whether you’re a doctor-bothering hypochondriac or you just want to access some sound medical advice quickly and easily, iTriage is one health app that’s worth checking out.
To find out what’s wrong with you, simply tap the appropriate area of the mannequin on screen and look through the resulting list to find a possible symptom that matches what you’re experiencing. Once you’ve found the symptom in question, you can then find out more about it, including what could be causing it, what tests you need to take to confirm the problem, what the diagnosis looks like and what sort of treatment you may require. iTriage could point you in the direction of some over-the-counter medication to soothe your symptoms, or it could flag up something more serious that requires urgent attention by a professional.
iTriage is great for figuring out what you should be buying at the chemist, or for urging you to get to the doctors before an illness develops into a serious problem, then. We recommend that you give it a go, but with a big caveat: remember that it should only be used as a guide, and always check with your doctor if you’re in doubt about anything at all.
The apps in this feature all have one minor flaw: they require that you carry your iPhone or iPod touch with you at all times. While some will be happy with this, others may not – especially when there’s a risk of it getting damaged. You can buy cases designed to haul your device around with you on a run or at the gym, but there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s still going to feel pretty big and bulky when attached.
The answer, then, is to leave your iPhone behind when you set out for some exercise and instead wear an athlete-focused accessory that can do everything these apps can. The Jawbone UP and Fitbi: Ultra, for example, can measure the distance you’ve travelled, tell you how many calories you’ve consumed and even help you to improve your sleep routine.
The only drawback of these devices is that you really have to wear them all day long to get the most out of them, and for some people that might prove to be a little too uncomfortable.
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