It is not uncommon for college students to contract six to eight colds per year - a much higher average than the general adult. The primary reasons for a student's susceptibility are lack of sleep and the close proximity of other students living in the dorms. Generally, cold symptoms can be treated by over the counter medications and do not require additional medical attention. Here are a few tips to combat minor health problems:
1. Rest. The most common complaint among college students is fatigue. Listen to what your body is telling you. You don't need medical attention unless you are sleeping 12 hours a night and still can't get up to go to class.
2. Get a flu shot. Catching the flu could cause you to miss classes or work for up to a week.
3. Cold Care: Antibiotics do not help a cold. You will get better within 10 days with or without antibiotics. Rest, drink lots of fluids, and take Tylenol or ibuprofen for fever. For runny nose, cough and sinus congestion, try over-the-counter cold preparations. Taking just one doesn't help - take as directed.
4. Sore Throat: The most common cause of sore throat is post-nasal drainage. If you wake up with a sore throat that gets better during the day and returns at night, it is probably due to drainage. Drink extra fluids and take a decongestant such as Sudafed. Make sure to take as directed. If your sore throat continues for more than 10 days or if the sinus drainage turns yellow or green you should see a doctor.
5. Sprains and Strains: Rest and elevate the injured extremity. Apply ice for 20 minutes every 3-4 hours for the first 72 hours. Take ibuprofen as directed.
6. Rashes: For itching, apply hydrocortisone cream or Rhuligel and/or take Benadryl. Avoid hot showers or baths. If the rash does not improve in four days, or if fever develops, call Woodland Healthcare-Davis at (530) 756-2364 for an appointment.
7. Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea: Usually caused by a virus and best treated by adjusting your diet. Try not to eat anything for two hours after vomiting, and then start with sips of clear liquids. Drink clear liquids for the first 24 hours, then very bland food for the next two days. Dramamine is an over-the-counter drug for nausea and Pepto Bismol for diarrhea. Remember, take care of your body, and it will take care of you.
We know students need access to medical care that's convenient. At Woodland Healthcare-Davis, we're here when you need us, seven days a week.
We accept most health insurance plans. Call (530) 668-2690 to find out more.
Monday - Friday................... 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Walk-in care. ......................... 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday. ............................... 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday/Holidays................... 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Woodland Healthcare-Davis Medical Offices
2330 West Covell Blvd.
Davis, CA 95616
Located on the corner of West Covell Blvd. and Denali Drive. Accessible by Unitrans Bus Line P.