How To Handle Being Sick In College
Allergies, sinus infections, the flu, or even just a regular common cold – you are likely going to experience at least one of these in your four years at college.
It is a lot easier to get sick as a college student because people live and attend class in close proximity and are constantly touching doorknobs, light switches, or even the desk you are sittting at.
But getting sick in college is different from getting sick at home. At home, you usually have the medicine already in one of the cabinets or you can ask your parents to get you some medicine. In college, you are on your own.
Here are a few ways to manage and get over being sick at college:
Take Advantage of the Clinic
For those of you who don’t know, Angelo State University, like most colleges, has a health clinic that you pay for as part of your student tuition.
The clinic has doctors and nurses who will take care of you and even prescribe medicine for you. I have seasonal allergies, so whenever the weather changes a lot I get sick. Whenever I feel those allergy symptoms coming on, I will go to the clinic, fill out the two forms with my information, and one of the medical professionals will see me and give me some medicine for my allergies.
It is very convenient, especially for students who live on campus, because it is within walking distance. The clinic is something that every ailing student should take advantage of.
Drink More Water
Water is very important for we humans, and it is especially important if you’re sick. You need to stay hydrated and it can be challenging if you’re a college student struggling with money (which is the majority, if not all, of us).
A few good places to buy water bottles are the Dollar Tree, Dollar General or even H.E.B. You can get six bottles of water for a dollar or a gallon of water for a dollar.
When you’re sick and you don’t drink enough water, you can become dehydrated quickly. This is even more of a problem if you are throwing up and not drinking water. You could become dehydrated enough to need to be hospitalized. Water is what we are made of and our bodies need it, so make the effort.
Take The Right Medicine
A lot of times, we think we know what type of medicine we need. Sometimes we are right and sometimes we waste our money on medicine that either doesn’t work or doesn’t treat the thing that is wrong with us.
With over-the-counter remedies, the best thing to do is ask the pharmacist at your local store. He or she won’t charge you but will point you in the right direction for the over-the-counter drug that will help you. Once you buy medicine and open it, there is no returning it, so be sure what you’re buying is what you need.
To Sum It Up
Being sick in college can be tough, but it’s not impossible. Drink lots of fluids, take the right medicine and visit the clinic. These are all things that can help you fell better in no time.
Also, help your fellow students stay well. Make sure you wash your hands and cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Also be considerate of others. Some might not be sick, but their allergies might be affecting them. You don’t have to treat them like they’re contagious, just offer them a tissue.