Dealing with Illness in College

You wanted to go to college out of state so you could truly gain some independence. Well, you got it, but now you’re sick and Mom and Dad are too far away to nurse you back to health. Here are some things you can do on your own to fight your sickness.

Your body is bound to break down eventually. After all, your new demanding schedule has you eating the wrong foods and preventing you from getting the proper amount of sleep. A good way to prevent sickness all together or speed up recovery time is to invest in a good daily multi-vitamin. When you can’t get the nutrients you need because you are making unwise food choices, vitamins can act as a supplement. In addition, rest is crucial. While your busy schedule may have you constantly on the go, you need to find time to rest. Rest is a very crucial element to recovery. Even if you are unable to actually sleep, relaxing and laying down for long periods of time will most definitely help.

Fluids hydrate your body, which is needed to help your body function properly and stay healthy. If you’re sick, or even begin to feel a faint tickle at the back of your throat, begin to drink fluids packed with tons of Vitamin C to boost up your immune system. Orange juice is usually the go-to drink of choice. Sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade are also good choices as they replenish your electrolytes, which are special salts you need to keep your body healthy. In addition, chicken soup, while it may not cure your cold or flu, leaves your body warm and breaks down the mucus that may be logged inside your chest. Whatever you do, avoid dehydrating beverages such as caffeine and alcohol.

If your illness is particular bad, remember that there are tons of inexpensive cold and flu over-the-counter medicines available at the local drug store. They can treat anything, from fevers to body aches to runny noses. Read the labels carefully and make sure that you select one that truly treats your symptoms and at the time you want to be treated. If you have class in the morning, do not take medicine that is designed for night consumption or you’ll end up sleeping straight through your classes. Also, depending on how ill you are, going to class in general might be a bad decision. You don’t want to risk spreading what you have.

Finally, consider a visit to the university health clinic. Colds can last anywhere from two to three weeks, but if you have more serious symptoms, such as very high fever and vomiting or have difficulties breathing, you may need to go see a physician. They will provide you with the proper medications needed to fight off the ailment. Not insured or low on cash? Most colleges and universities have health centers where students can get examined free of charge. Medicines will still cost you, but remember that you can always opt for the cheaper, yet equally effective, generic brand.

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