The top 10 health conditions of 2014

 Top conditions of 2014

As we near the end of 2014 we thought that it would be a good time to reflect on which of our health information pages were the most visited in the year.

At patient.info we get over 17 million unique users every month. As the site has grown, so has our audience - now over half of our traffic is from overseas! Our trusted health information is used far and wide.

We thought it would be interesting to look at the top 10 from our overseas crowd too, so this year we have split the data into UK, USA and rest of world.

So without further ado, let's see the most popular conditions people were looking at in 2014. They are listed in reverse order, starting at number 10…

Number

UK

USA

Rest of world

10

Nonspecific lower back pain

Swollen lymph glands

Swollen lymph glands

9

Chickenpox in children under 12

Pyelonephritis

Acid reflux and oesophagitis

8

Swollen lymph glands

Abdominal pain

Gastric ulcer

7

Hypothyroidism

Rib injuries

Vaginal thrush

6

Gout

Shingles

Abdominal pain

5

Plantar fasciitis

Costochondritis

Irritable bowel syndrome

4

Abdominal pain

Pruritus vulvae

Rectal bleeding

3

Irritable bowel syndrome

Knee ligament injuries

Gout

2

Acid reflux and oesophagitis

Greater trochanteric pain syndrome

Pelvic pain in women

1

Shingles

Pelvic pain in women

Shingles

Commenting on these results, our clinical editor, Dr Hayley Willacy, says: "There are no surprises really - only that the same health topics (including shingles, irritable bowel syndrome, gout and reflux) are popular no matter where you are in the world! Plantar fasciitis only seems to hit the big time in the UK - do we walk more than the rest of the world (I find that hard to believe), are our shoes worse or do more people have flat feet?"

Dr Sarah Jarvis, our clinical consultant, agrees on this point, adding: "Plantar fasciitis seems to be a peculiarly British problem - are we exercising more than the rest of the world? It doesn't feel like it in my consulting room!"

Addressing this list as a whole, Dr Sarah says: "I'm interested that gout is lower in the UK than in the rest of the world and doesn't feature at all in the USA top 10 - maybe the Americans aren't as keen on liver and kidneys (or alcohol) - but they definitely love their sugary drinks! I suspect that interest in shingles has picked up because of the introduction of the shingles vaccine."

Data taken from web analytics, views on /health/ URLs, from 1/1/14-14/12/14