The Sims 4 Doctor diagnosis list: Illnesses, symptoms & treatments

The Sims 4 Doctor diagnosis list: Illnesses, symptoms & treatments
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Written by 

Kiera Mills


31st May 2023 16:55


The Sims 4: Get To Work Expansion Pack introduced three new interactive careers for your Sims, one of which is the Doctor career, where you'll need to diagnose and take care of patients.

One of the daily tasks of the Doctor career in the game is to diagnose these illnesses and treat your patients, and you'll need to correctly choose the right one to successfully help a Sim. To learn how your Doctor Sim can differentiate between these illnesses in The Sims 4 and diagnose them, we've got a list of the symptoms and treatments.

What is the Doctor Career in The Sims 4?

A Doctor standing next to a poorly patient in The Sims 4
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The Doctor career is one of the active careers that came with The Sims 4: Get To Work, which allows players to follow their Sims to work and play through the career with the Sim, rather than them simply disappearing off-screen for their workday as is the case with others.

The early stages of the Doctor career will require you to research and check patients into the facility, as it isn’t until level three that you'll start examining patients to treat their ailments.

While misdiagnosing a patient can severely lower your work performance, you can pass your findings along to a senior Doctor during the mid-levels of the career to prevent this. By the time you progress into the upper ranks, you should be able to self-identify illnesses based on the distinct symptoms they present.

All illnesses, symptoms, and treatments for The Sims 4 Doctor career

Pie menu showing a to test a patient in The Sims 4
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Below, you'll find a list of the different symptoms an ill Sim may present when at the hospital, and which illnesses they relate to.

The patient may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:




Bloaty Head

  • Headache (the patient will rub their head)
  • A faint red circle may show around their head
  • Steam may come out of their ears

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Burning Belly

  • Sims may rub their bellies
  • Steam may have come out of their eats
  • A thought bubble may display showing a pink bottle 



  • Sims will have idle animations of laughter and farting
  • Sims may rub their bellies
  • May wipe their brow
  • A thermometer may show up in a thought bubble
  • Tiger stripe rash


Itchy Plumbob
  • Sims may laugh
  • Sims may with themselves
  • Rash of either stripes or spots


Llama Flu
  • Orange or green spots on the patient's body
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing


Starry Eyes

  • Flashing stars circling their heads
  • A rash in the form of swirls on their bodies
  • Sims may grasp at the air around them


Sweaty Shivers

  • Steam may come out of their ears
  • Orange or green spots on the patient's body
  • Itchiness (A Sim may scratch themselves)
  • A thermometer may show up in a thought bubble


Triple Threat

  • Sims may appear dizzy with stars above the head
  • Sneezing 
  • Coughing
  • Itchiness
  • Any type of rash


Tips for correctly diagnosing a Sim in The Sims 4

As shown above, when diagnosing a Sim, it's worth noting that observing the idle animations of a particular Sim is also crucial to help with correctly diagnosing them - and we'd recommend playing at the slowest speed to do so.

Additionally, You can also narrow down the possible illnesses it can be by taking swab samples and asking the patients to perform tests, which will reduce the possible diagnoses you can choose from in the Doctor pie menu.

Using these methods along with the above table will help you on your way to correctly diagnosing a Sim.

That's all there is to know about diagnosing illnesses as a Doctor in The Sims 4. Be sure to check out our Sims homepage for all of the latest news and guides, or check out a list of cheats for Toddlers in The Sims 4.

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