Self Care Guide

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Animal Bites & Bat Exposures

Domestic pets are the source of most non-insect animal bites. Dogs are more likely to bite than cats. However, cat bites are more likely to cause infection....Continue Reading

Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common disorders in the United States, and about 80 percent of people have at least one episode of lower...Continue Reading

Burns

CausesContact with thermal (hot or cold), radiation, electrical, or chemical agents.Types Superficial-Outer layer of skin only. Redness, swelling, warmth, and pain. Does not blister. Partial thickness-Deeper. Blisters, swelling,...Continue Reading

Common Cold

CausesMore than 200 different viral strains cause the common cold. Colds are spread by hand-to-hand contact, breathing in the virus, or by touching infected surfaces and transferring the virus...Continue Reading

Depression

Depression affects more than 17 million people a year and is common among college populations. You may frequently hear someone say, "I'm depressed," but clinical depression differs in...Continue Reading

Drinking Responsibly

Having a hangover after a night of drinking is a sign you had too much. Unfortunately, the only cure for a hangover is time. There is no...Continue Reading

Exercise

Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It improves physical health, mental health, and reduces the risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease,...Continue Reading

Fever

A temperature between 37.2° and 38.3° C (99°-101°F) indicates a low-grade fever. Usually, you do not need to see a healthcare provider for a low-grade fever unless...Continue Reading

Flu

CausesInfluenza or “the flu” is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.  It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death....Continue Reading

Headaches

Although uncomfortable and temporarily disabling, most headaches are not associated with serious illness.CausesInfections such as influenza, sinus infection, ear infection; neck muscle strain, eye muscle strain; exposure to...Continue Reading

Insect Bite or Sting

Symptoms of an insect bite result from the injection of venom or other agents into the skin. A minor bite causes a bump that may itch for...Continue Reading

Minor Wound Care

DefinitionA wound occurs when the skin is broken. A minor wound typically does not need medical treatment; it is one that is small and sufficiently clean so...Continue Reading

Pink Eye

"Pink eye", or conjunctivitis, is defined as an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin membrane that lines the inside surface of the eyelids and the sclera (the...Continue Reading

Rash

Rashes are common conditions that usually are not life-threatening or contagious. Dermatitis is a general term that describes an inflammation of the skin; it usually appears as swollen,...Continue Reading

Sexual Health

If you are a woman who is sexually active or over twenty-one years of age, obtain a Pap smear and pelvic exam at least every two years. Abstinence...Continue Reading

Sexual Violence

Sexual violence can affect anyone.It is estimated that in the United States, *1 in 6 *women and *1 in 33* men report experiencing an attempted or completed rape at some time...Continue Reading

Sleep Problems

Along with good nutrition and exercise, sleep provides a foundation for managing day-to-day hassles and functioning at our best. Most people need a minimum of seven hours...Continue Reading

Sore Throat

CausesViral infections such as flu, colds, or mononucleosis (mono); bacterial infections such as strep; allergies; irritants such as smoke, vocal stress, or coughing.TreatmentRest, salt water gargles (1...Continue Reading

Sprains

CauseSudden twisting injury to a joint.TreatmentRest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (R.I.C.E.)RestAvoid using the joint, especially for weight-bearing activities; use crutches for ankle or knee sprains.IceApply ice packs...Continue Reading

Stomach Pain

Almost everyone experiences a “stomach ache” at one time or another. Most of the causes of such abdominal pain are not serious and can be easily treated...Continue Reading

Stress

College is a stressful time. Learning to manage stress before it manages you will help you enjoy your college experience while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.Building your stress...Continue Reading

Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria enters the urinary tract, which includes your bladder and kidneys, and multiplies in the urine. Most UTI’s are bladder infections and...Continue Reading