Common Conditions and Treatments
Common Cold or Flu (Influenza)
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Read more here about the Common Cold vs Flu.
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
Pink eye has a number of causes including viruses, bacteria, irritants (eye make-up, smoke, chlorine from pools) or allergies (pollens). Some contact wearers can actually become allergic to their lens. Read more here about what to do if you have Pink eye.
Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)
Pharyngitis or inflammation of the mucous membranes and lymphatic tissues (tonsils) cause the soreness in your throat. This may be caused by a virus (coxsackievirus, rotavirus, mono virus, common cold virus, etc) or bacteria (streptococcus). Read more here about what to do if you have a Pharyngitis (sore throat) handout.
Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis)
The stomach flu (also called viral gastroenteritis) is caused by a virus (rotavirus, adenovirus, Norwalk virus to name a few) that affect the stomach and small intestines. It may come on suddenly or over the course of a few hours. Read more here about what to do if you have the Stomach flu.
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
Your urinary tract is the system that makes urine and carries it out of your body. It includes your urethra (tube from outside to bladder), bladder, kidneys and ureters (tubes that connect bladder to kidneys). When germs get into your system, they can cause an infection. Read more here about what to do if you have a UTI.
Bed Bugs (Cimex Lectularius)
Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of humans and animals while they sleep. They are reddish-brown in color, wingless, and range from 1-7mm diameter. Bed bugs may be a great annoyance, but are not know to spread disease. Individuals may react differently to the bites, but may itch and swell. If you think you may have bed bugs, come to the Health Center and notify the Resident Hall Director or Campus Safety as soon as possible.
Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Zika virus can also be spread during sex by a man infected with Zika to his sex partners. Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime, and can also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Many people infected with Zika do not get sick, or have mild symptoms that last up to a week. However, Zika infections during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. Read more here about Zika virus.