At the beginning of your Buoy Assistant interview, after you’ve added some demographic details about yourself, you’ll be asked to enter your symptoms.  

Click or tap on the search box and start typing in the symptom that is bothering you most. 

Once you type in that symptom, Buoy Assistant will suggest related terms from the Buoy database. (This is to help get more clarity around how you’re feeling.) 

Select the symptom in the dropdown that feels closest to the symptom you have in mind. Buoy Assistant will then ask about the specifics of your symptom. 

Once you select a symptom, you may be asked for details about that symptom. (If there are additional symptoms you’d like to select, you can do so after this step.)

If you have another symptom, repeat the same process. If not, click or tap "I'm done adding symptoms".

After you’ve finished adding up to three of your most bothersome symptoms, Buoy Assistant will ask follow-up questions to get a better idea of what you’re feeling. Once enough information has been gathered, Buoy Assistant will then present you with personalized results and care recommendations. 

Search Tips & Troubleshooting

Consider your search terms 

If you don't see the symptom you’re looking for on your first try, or if Buoy Assistant isn’t suggesting symptoms that match your search, try phrasing the symptom differently. It also helps to use more general terms. For example, If you can't find "dry hacking cough at night," try "dry cough," or even just "cough." Buoy Assistant usually covers more specific details during the interview anyway, so the symptom will be narrowed down regardless.

Search one symptom at a time

Currently, Buoy Assistant is unable to search multiple symptoms at once. (That functionality is in the works.) In the meantime, you can add your symptoms one by one:  After you add your first symptom, you'll have the opportunity to input another symptom and so on. 

Check your spelling

Spelling medical terms correctly can be tough. If you're having trouble finding a match for your symptom, double-check how you spelled it. Typos are normal, too.

Avoid explaining your symptoms 

The Search Box works best when you enter keywords (e.g. "cough") rather than sentences (e.g. "I have a cough").

Search for symptoms, not illnesses

The Search Box works best when you input symptoms (e.g. "headache") as opposed to illnesses (e.g. "migraine”). If you’re curious about a specific illness, try searching symptoms of that illness – for example, "shortness of breath" or "wheezing" to learn more about asthma. 

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