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Getting Sick in College: Prevention and Treatment
| by Pauline Flores

There comes a time in the fall semester when those occasional coughs, sniffs, and sneezes you hear become a constant background noise accompanying the lecture. Yep, you guessed it – it’s cold season. No matter who you are or what you do, we can all agree that catching a cold SUCKS. Here’s how you can handle getting sick in college.

Prevention

When it comes to your health, it’s better to be proactive than reactive. Period. Here are some suggestions that you can do to keep your health in top shape.

Practice Good Hygiene

Always carry hand sanitizer and wash your hands often. With so many students passing through buildings and dorms, you can bet that those cold germs linger all around.

Maintain a Balanced Diet

In college, there are many opportunities to eat pizza every other day. Don’t let temptation get the best of you. Make it a point to eat at least five servings of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables every day!

Self-Care

College stress can take a toll on your immune system. Minimize your stress by taking frequent breaks in between studious activities. Take a walk outside, get some ice cream, catch up with a friend – basically, just do what makes you happy!

Treatment

If you’re reading this, it’s (probably) too late. The cold has taken over your body! Don’t worry. These treatment tips should have you healed in no time.

Stay Hydrated

Everyone knows that “drinking plenty of fluids” is a fundamental method of cold treatment. Carry around a water bottle everywhere you go to stay on top of your daily H20 consumption.

Take Naps

When your head is cloudy, nose is runny, and throat is scratchy, rest is your best friend. The ideal nap time is 30 minutes. Napping for this long will ensure that you won’t be groggy when you wake up.

Stay Home from Class

If you find that you have leaking nose, burning throat, and pounding head, then you should probably stay home from class. Make sure to check your syllabus for what your class’s attendance policy is like. If necessary, get a doctor’s note from your on-campus health center to excuse your absence. Also, try to get a friend from class to share notes with you so that you don’t fall behind on your lessons!

Pain Relief

If you can’t afford to miss class, consider starting your day by taking an aspirin, ibuprofen, or non-drowsy cold medicine. Doing this will minimize your aches and pains so that you can focus on getting straight A’s!

 

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