HEALTH HINTS

Always get extra rest when you start feeling sick

BURNS

  • Note: You should attempt first aid treatment only for the first-degree burns-those in which the skin is reddened and slightly swollen. If you receive a second- or a third-degree burn-one with blistered skin- you should seek medical help immediately.
    1. Immediately immerse the burn in cold water, and keep it immersed until you not longer feel pain.
    2. Apply either commercial burn ointment, a thick layer of honey or petroleum jelly.
    3. Cover the burn with a loose protective bandage that allows some exposure to air.

BLEEDING

  • Note: If you can't control bleeding within a few minutes, you should seek medical help-stiches may be needed.
    1. Grab the closest material you can find and cover the wound with it. Apply firm pressure to the wound with your hand, holding the edges of the wound together.
    2. When the bleeding has stopped, sponge the wound with hydrogen peroxide; gently spread a thin layer of antibiotic cream (i.e. Neosporin) over the wound.
    3. Cover the wound with a bandage.

SPRAINS

  • Note: If the pain persists and the area continues to swell, go to a doctor. The area might be fractured.
    1. Immerse sprained area in ice water for 20 minutes to control swelling. Repeat every four hours until the swelling has stopped.
    2. Elevate the sprained area. Putting a few pillows under the area always helps.
    3. Once the swelling has stopped, soak the sprained area in contrasting baths three times a day: first in very warm water for 20 minutes, then ice water for 20 minutes.
    4. Begin gently exercising the sprained area. If the sprained area is an ankle, use crutches. Good luck getting around campus. Ha!

SUNBURN

  • Note: Most sunburns are minor, but you should seek medical help if it is severe. I don't really have sympathy for some people who sunburn because they spend hours laying out in the sun without suntan lotion. These people need to realize that they are going to look like dried up prunes when they are 40.
    1. Apply cool compress to the burned area to reduced pain. Take a cool shower.
    2. Take a pain reliever (Aleve works best) to (duh) reduce pain
    3. Apply a thin paste of baking soda and water to alleviate pain; calamine lotion (the pink stuff you put on bug bites) can also help to reduce swelling.
    4. Suck it up. The pain will go away, and hopefully after all that pain you'll have a tan!

College is a bit like bootcamp. There is no way Mommy is going to come and help you. Use this guide to help you determine when you should enter the endless abyss they call the Infirmary, or when you should just sleep.

COMMON COLD

  • The common cold is caused by a virus. You may feel like you are going to die, but just ride it out. These pointers will provide relief from the symptoms, but they won't help to cure them. Make sure you take cough drops. Your roommate might want to kill you if your hacking cough keeps them awake.

  • Treatment
    1. Use a vaporizer to keep your respiratory tract moist.
    2. Gargle with salt water.
    3. Take a pain reliever to reduce the fever.
    4. Use a cough syrup or cough drops at night.
    5. Even though you think it might a crock when your mom says that Chicken Soup helps colds, there has been recent medical evidence that it really does work! I've found that Campbell's Homestyle Chicken Soup (it is in a glass bottle) tastes just like Mom's.

    • Seek Medical Help When:
    1. You run a fever of over 101 degrees.
    2. Your cold lasts longer than 5 days.
    3. You have severe pain in your ears.
    4. Your cough lasts longer than 2 days.

    EARACHE

    • All Ear Infections require a doctor's attention. In addition to the ear drops or antibiotics prescribed by a doctor, you can do the following things to reduce the pain of an earache.

  • Treatment
    1. Take pain reliever.
    2. Apply gentle heat to the ear. I've found that heating pads work best.
    3. Take a decongestant to reduce inflammation.
    4. Avoid flying in airplanes and changes in pressure and altitude. This will make the infection worse.

    STOMACH ACHE

    • Most stomach aches are results of either a viral infection or eating foods that are too rich or that upset the stomach.

  • Treatment
    1. Eat a clear diet-clear soup, juices, tea and water- until the stomach ache completely disappears. Avoid foods that are heavily spiced, fried, or foods that contain milk.
    2. Follow the clear diet by a bland diet for 8 to 12 hours-eat foods such as hard boiled eggs, bananas, toast, rice and jello.
    3. Apply gentle heat to your stomach with a heating pad. Also try lying on one side of your body.

    A great place to turn for some more medical advice is WebMD . You can find a listing of all your possible symptoms and some simple remedies. This is a great place to look before you head to the doctor.


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