There’s nothing like graduating from high school, and going off to college. All the excitement, planning and nervousness sometimes leads college students miles away from home, and in a tight, congested, and if not carefully sterilized germ infested doom room. No one ever thinks of getting sick from there doom room. So here are five illnesses with five product recommendations for curing or preventing them.
1. Meningitis- Is inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membranes. Meningitis can be life-threatening, and is classified as an medical emergency. Meningitis symptoms may include headaches, neck stiffness, along with fever, confusion, or altered consciousness, vomiting, inability tolerate light, or loud noises. Students are advised to get a meningitis vaccination, wash hands often with soap and warm water, wipe down counter tops, door knobs with antibacterial solution, and avoid sick people.
2. The kissing disease- Also known as Mononucleosis, the virus is transmitted through “spit”. You don’t have to kiss someone to transmit this virus, they’re other ways such as; being exposed to a cough or sneeze, sharing a glass, food, or food utensil with someone who has Mono. Signs of Mono may include fever, swollen tonsils, night sweats, loss of appetite, soft swollen spleen, fatigue, skin rash, weakness, a sore throat that doesn’t get better with antibiotics. A student can prevent Mono by not contributing in mouth to mouth contact, and wash hands often.
* Remember this is one virus a college student doesn’t want to risk contracting, it can keep them out of school a whole semester.
3. Colds and Flu- All these two need is a breeding ground and they infect everything they touch including hands, keyboards, remote controls, door knobs, keys, pens and pencils, light switches, and many more areas. You can prevent these respiratory conditions simply by washing your hands often, disinfecting common areas regularly, and when someone else is sick where a face mask.
4. Norovirus- Also known as Norwalk virus which causes the intestinal flu. Students are exposed to the Norwalk virus when their hands are not properly washed after using the bathroom the preparing food with these contaminated hands that holds cells of infected stool will transmit this virus and cause a breakout. Be ware of this virus because symptoms may include nausea, abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, watery or loose diarrhea, weight loss, malaise, and a low fever.
* Please seek medical attention if diarrhea doesn’t clear within a few days.
Norovirus can be prevented by frequently washing hands, disinfect contaminated areas, and carefully washing fruits and vegetables.
5. Human Papiloma Virus- Also known as genital wards. According to thetraingle.com “Four to six million cases of HPV are seen each year, and it has been termed the most common STD on college campus across the country.” This does not have to be you! You can reduce your chance or even prevent HPV by following these simple rules being in a mutually monogamous relationship, and reducing you number of “partners.” These are a couple of useful tips to help prevent HPV.
Living in a college doom shouldn’t be feared but welcomed. Just remember that frequently washing you hands can prevent multiple illnesses. Just like doing everything in life living in a tight college doom room should be thought out wisely.