The Family Health Guide

What do you do when you (or your child) develop a particular symptom or problem, such as sudden pain in your abdomen or ear pain? What should you do if you get a headache or have neck pain? Is there a home remedy, alternative medicine treatment, or over-the-counter medicine you should try? When do you need to contact the doctor? The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide provides an extensive set of symptoms charts to help you determine how you may be able to treat yourself and when you need to contact the doctor. Below you will find links to easy-to-use charts on some additional common symptoms and health concerns.

The Symptom Charts

Abdominal Bloating or Swelling

Abnormal-Looking Bowel Movements



Elbow Pain

Excessive Thirst

Face Pain

Hoarseness or Loss of Voice

Joint Pain

Leg Pain

Overeating Problems

Pain or Swelling in the Testicles

Sleep Problems

Runny or Stuffy Nose or Nasal Congestion

Sore Mouth (including the lips, tongue, and gums)

Swallowing Problems (pain or difficulty when swallowing)

Undereating Problems

Weakness or Fatigue