Heading to College?

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When you’re heading off to college, there are many different things to thinkĀ  health tips. It can be a very overwhelming experience because you’re new to the lifestyle and ways of college life. If you take the time to prepare, you will be better off in the long run. Perhaps the most important of all things to do when preparing for college is paying mind to possible medical emergencies and illnesses that may occur when you’re heading out on your own. With this, it is wise to know how to handle the situation. Here are some great back-to-school medical tips to keep in mind:

1. Have a small first aid kit in your dorm room. Your RA will probably have one, too, but it’s always better to have too much than not enough. Plus, you don’t want to run down the hall trying not to bleed all over the place after you’ve cut your finger.

2. Learn about online doctors, online medical consultation services, and other services that you can use to save yourself the trip to the emergency room and/or doctor’s office, as well as the endless phone calls to Mom for minor injuries or ailments. Do know that online medical consultation services are for minor medical conditions only – and should not be used for any type of serious emergency or chronic or ongoing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, cancer, chest or abdominal pain.

3. Ask your school about medical insurance if you don’t have any, as well as on-campus doctor services and online physician consultations that they might offer. Universities have come a long way in providing good medical care for their students, and you might have more access to services than you think.

4. Get vaccinated for meningitis. College dorms are a breeding ground for this disease between shared bathrooms, shared living quarters, and all of the other shared spaces.

There are many different medical situations that you could encounter in your new life at college, but the most important thing to remember is just to be safe, be smart, and be prepared. While services from online doctors are ideal for college students for minor medical conditions or printable excuses for work or school, be advised that seeing a doctor in person is necessary for any type of serious medical condition or emergency.

Just because you’re on your own doesn’t mean that you’re invincible, or unable to make the right decisions about medical care. Make sure that you take your health and well being, as well as the health and well being of others, very seriously and everyone will have a much more enjoyable college experience without medical disasters.