Essentials

How To Care For Cold, Cough and Post Nasal Drip Symptoms

Getting sick with a cold or upper respiratory tract infection can occur at any time during the year, but most commonly during the winter and spring. These types of illness are often caused by viruses which can weaken the immune system causing individuals to miss work and school.  The CDC reports that most adults get sick with upper respiratory tract infections at least 2-3 times per year and children commonly acquire these illnesses at an alarmingly higher rate. Here is some helpful information about viral upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold and post nasal drip, that one may not be aware of. 

Love the Skin You're In

 Caring for our skin, regardless of its tone, color or texture, is very important all year around. The main job of the skin is to act as a stable, resilient and flexible barrier protecting against harmful environmental agents. It also acts in temperature regulation and in protecting our vital, internal organs and structures from external moisture, germs and toxic substances. 

Personal Well-being While Socially Distancing

 Even as we socially distance due to the pandemic, good personal hygiene is essential to promoting positive mental and physical health. Poor hygiene can also be a trigger to negative personal feelings, overall discomfort, irritability, depression and anxiety, and can negatively impact your daily activities, mental focus and class participation. 

Spotlight on Women's Health

Let’s talk frankly about the pap smear. Many college students visit Student Health Services (SHS) asking if they need one. Some are confused about the recommendations and worried about the actual test. It's important to set the record straight and clear up a few misconceptions.