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. Human bites are the most dangerous of mammalian bites.
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 back pain in their lifetime. Factors that increase our risk of developing lower back pain include smoking, obesity, physically strenuous work, sedentary work, a stressful job, anxiety or depression, female gender, or older age. Most back pain gradually improves with home treatment and self-care. Although it may take several weeks for the back pain to disappear completely, you should see improvement within the first 3 days of self-care. If no improvement is detected, it is recommended to schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider. If you would like to make an appointment at Student Health, please call 319-335-8394.
More 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 to your nose, eyes, or mouth.
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 many ways from a sad mood. It lasts longer (at least two weeks) and affects more than just one's mood. It is not something that you can just "snap out of."
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 other way to remove the alcohol from your system.
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, and osteoporosis later in life. Staying physically active can help pave the way towards a healthier, happier life!
A temperature between 37.2Â° and 38.3Â° C (99Â°-101Â°F) indicates a low-grade fever. Usually, you do not need to see a healthcare provider for a low-grade fever unless it persists for 3 or more days. However, you should follow the treatment instructions below.
Influenza or âthe fluâ is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The influenza viruses are spread from person to person primarily through the coughing and sneezing of infected persons.
Although uncomfortable and temporarily disabling, most headaches are not associated with serious illness.
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 a few hours, then disappears over several days. If the venom is potent (such as from certain spiders and scorpions) or if you are hypersensitive to the venom, the entire body may react. Tick bites may also be dangerous.
Minor Wound Care
A 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 that the edges can be easily approximated using tape.
"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 white part) of the eye. The most common symptoms are red eye and discharge. There are 4 main types of conjunctivitis: bacterial, viral, allergic, and non-specific. Most cases of conjunctivitis are viral in adults and children.
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, reddened, and itchy skin. Although dermatitis is non-threatening to us, it can make us feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. There are several types of dermatitis but the most common form is contact dermatitis, a rash that results from either contact with an allergen or after frequent exposure to a mild irritant such as detergent.
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 in their lives (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Over 80 percent of the time, the victim/survivor knows the offender (National Institute of Justice). Survivors of sexual abuse may experience a variety of physical and emotional responses following the abuse.
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 for good functioning--and not many of us get what we need on a consistent basis.
Viral infections such as flu, colds, or mononucleosis (mono); bacterial infections such as strep; allergies; irritants such as smoke, vocal stress, or coughing.
Almost everyone experiences a âstomach acheâ at one time or another. Most of the causes of such abdominal pain are not serious and can be easily treated at home. On the other hand, it is important for us to be able to recognize symptoms that require us to see a doctor. There are multiple causes for stomach pain that include but are not limited to indigestion, constipation, menstrual cramps, food poisoning, gas, ulcers, kidney stones, or appendicitis.
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.
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 UTIs are bladder infections and affect women more than men. Women experience more UTIs because women have shorter urethras, so bacteria have a shorter distance to travel. Although urinary tract infections can be painful, prescribed medicine can eliminate the pain within 1-2 days and can keep your urinary tract infection from becoming a more serious threat such as a kidney infection.