Sickness Sucks: When to Head to the University Health Center

WhentogotoUHS_RachelJohannesLet me set the scene. Big event this coming weekend? Feel that tickle in your throat? Heavy work load? Cue the cough. It seems sickness always comes creeping in when you need your health. As all of the pressures of daily life swarm around in that head of yours, one dreadful thought lingers in the back of your mind. To UHS or not to UHS?

Don’t get us wrong, the University Health Center is a great resource here on campus, but any busy college student would agree that taking time out of your schedule to go to an appointment is not always ideal. So how can you determine if your sickness is the run of the mill cold only in need of some TLC from your medicine cabinet, or if this time it’s the real deal? Let’s find out, shall we?

It’s no secret that we don’t live the healthiest lifestyles here at college. With the strenuous hours of work, the constant climate change, and our fair share of parties, the odds are surely stacked against us in the health field. It’s not uncommon to have a stuffy nose or a slight cough after a few days with little sleep. Instead of heading to the Health Center, junior nursing major Hannah Lavin suggests some home remedies to cure the onset of a cold.

“Vitamin C is key, as well as exercise,” says Lavin. “People don’t always think of those, but those are really the best things you can do to keep yourself healthy.” Drinking a lot of water, getting adequate sleep, and taking it easy for a few days should also reduce your symptoms.

If you notice that you aren’t getting better within a few days or your symptoms are worsening, it may be time to head to UHS. Lavin says that “If your sickness seems like it could be more than a common cold, professionals will know the right steps to take.” Doctors are helpful and the plethora of services offered almost guarantees you will meet with someone who knows exactly what you need.

As winter approaches, a nasty sickness, in one form or another, is almost unavoidable. If you find yourself in a bad state, always remember that the UHS is a great resource on campus. You can call or book appointments online, making things quick and easy. So, if “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” should fail, Valley readers will know what to do.

Photo by Rachel Johannes

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