How to Search Symptoms in Buoy

At the beginning of your Buoy interview, you will be asked to enter your symptoms.

Click or tap on the Search Box and we'll suggest popular searches to help get you started.

Simply start typing a symptom — Buoy will suggest related terms from the Buoy database.

Select from one of the search results in the dropdown.

After you select a symptom, you may be asked for details about that symptom. Don't worry, you'll still be able to enter other symptoms after.

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

Search Results

Popular Searches

When you first click into the Search Box, you'll see a list of Popular Searches. These are the symptoms Buoy users are searching the most. You can select right from this list, or start typing into the Search Box to search for other symptoms.

Search Results

While you type into the Search Box, Buoy will suggest related terms from the Buoy database, in order of relevance. Buoy does it's best to suggest symptoms that match what you're typing, but if you can't find what you're looking for, see below for Search Tips & Troubleshooting.

Search Tips & Troubleshooting

Try different search terms 

If you don't find your symptom on the first try, or if Buoy offers no symptoms that match your search, try saying your symptom another way. Often there are multiple ways to describe a symptom. It also helps to use more general terms: If you can't find "dry hacking cough at night," try "dry cough," or even just "cough." Buoy will usually collect those other details during your interview.

Search one symptom at a time

We're working on a way to search multiple symptoms at once, but for now, search your symptoms one at a time. After you add your first symptom, you'll have the opportunity to add another, and another, if you need.

Check your spelling

This one's pretty straightforward. If you're having trouble finding a match for your symptom, double-check your spelling. Medicine uses some weird words (ahem..."nausea?"), and even we make the occasional typo.

Use keywords, not sentences

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 for symptoms — e.g. "headache" — rather than illnesses or diagnosis names — e.g. "migraine." This means if you're curious about a specific illness, try searching the symptoms of that illness. For example, if you're concerned about asthma, try searching things like "shortness of breath" or "wheezing."

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