No matter what online or book information you’re using, remember that self-diagnosis can be a risky idea. It’s not as easy as it may seem and could lead you to incorrect, and potentially dangerous, conclusions.

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Feel free to research your symptoms, but let your doctor decide what’s ailing you. Here are five mistakes that could hurt instead of heal.

1. You take an OTC remedy without reading the label

When it comes to over-the-counter drugs, many people have a blasé attitude, thinking “They can’t really hurt me, right?” Wrong. Plenty of people end up with serious health problems from accidentally taking too much of an over-the-counter drug (such as a painkiller), overusing drugs such as laxatives or acid blockers, or taking something that interferes with another medication they’re on. No matter how safe a drug may seem, it’s always smart to read the label. It might surprise you.

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