The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything from Hangovers to Homesickness

The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything from Hangovers to Homesickness

The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything from Hangovers to Homesickness

The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything from Hangovers to Homesickness

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Consider this College Health 101—an award-winning guide to what students really want (or need) to know about their mental and physical health when they're away from home.

College students facing their first illness, accident, or anxiety away from home often flip-flop between wanting to handle it themselves and wishing their parents could swoop in and fix everything. Advice from peers and “Dr. Google” can be questionable.The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook provides accurate, trustworthy, evidence-based medical information (served with a dose of humor) to reduce anxiety and stress and help set appropriate expectations for more than fifty common issues.
What if you can’t sleep well (or can’t sleep at all) in your dorm room?  What if a pill “gets stuck” in your throat? What if your roommate falls asleep (or passes out) wearing contacts, and wakes up with one painfully stuck? Your friend’s terrible sore throat isn’t Strep or Mono? What else could it be? What should you do for food poisoning? When do you really need X-rays for a sprained ankle or injured toe? What helps severe test anxiety or fear of public speaking?
Dr. Jill Grimes has the answer to these questions and many more. Her guidebook is designed to help you: 
  • Decide if and when to seek medical help
  • Know what to expect when you get there
  • Plan for the worst-case scenario if you don’t seek help
  • Learn how you can prevent this in the future
  • Realize what you can do right now, before you see a doctor
  • Understand the diagnostic and treatment options
Got questions about tattoos, smoking, vaping, pot, and piercings? No worries, Dr. Grimes has covered those topics, too, as well as a few things you might not know about the use and abuse of stimulant (ADHD) prescription medications. 

Pair this book with the DIY First Aid Kit detailed in the bonus section to help you, your roommates, and your friends have a healthier, happier semester!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510778894
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 03/19/2024
Edition description: 3rd Edition, Third Edition
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 26,337
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jill Grimes, MD, FAAFP, is a nationally recognized medical media expert, award-winning author, and proud mom of two awesome collegiate daughters. After two decades of private practice, Dr. Grimes now splits her time between writing, speaking, seeing patients, volunteering, and vaccinating. She also enjoys educating her peers by speaking at conferences such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, Pri-Med, and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Grimes loves creating and thinking outside the box, in or out of the medical world. She and her daughters relished their decade of scouting and many years of mother-daughter service through National Charity League.

Table of Contents

Preface xv


1 Hangovers 1

2 Other Bad Headaches (Migraines) 6

3 I Hit My Head-Do I Have a Concussion? 11


4 I Can't Sleep! Insomnia Issues 16

5 Test Anxiety 24

6 Fear of Public Speaking and Classroom Anxiety 30

7 Home Sickness, Anxiety, and Depression 35

8 Stimulants 101 (ADD Meds, Risks, and Mistakes) 43

9 Passed Out: Alcohol Poisoning 48

10 Smoking, Vaping, and What You Might Not Know about Pot 53

11 Freshman Fifteen (An Ounce of Prevention) 58


12 Something's Stuck in My Eye 61

13 Zoom Fatigue 65

14 Stye, Stye, in My Eye 74

15 Pink Eye: Infectious or Allergic? 74

16 My Eye (or Some Other Muscle) Won't Stop Twitching 81


17 Can't Hear? Clogged Ear (Wax) 84

18 Is This an Ear Infection? 87

19 Ringing Ears 92


20 Stuffy Nose, Colds, and Sinus Infections 95

21 Nose Bleeds 99

22 Itching, Sneezing, Allergies, and Hives 102


23 Cold Sores and Fever Blisters 106

24 Bad Breath and Tonsil Stones 110

25 When Your Sore Throat Is Strep 114

26 When Your Sore Throat Is Mono 119

27 When Your Sore Throat Is … That Which Shall Not Be Named 122


28 College Is A Pain in the Neck 126

29 Something's Stuck in My Throat 129


30 Yep … It's Covid-19 134

31 My Heart Is Fluttering: Palpitations and Panic 145

32 I Can't Stop Coughing-Is this Bronchitis? Flu? Pneumonia? 149

33 I Can't Catch My Breath (Common): Asthma 156

34 I Can't Catch My Breath + Chest Pain (Uncommon): Partially Collapsed Lung 161

35 Birth Control Pills + Chest Pain = Serious Problem (Till Proven Otherwise) 165


36 Food Poisoning? Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea 170

37 Public Restroom Panic … I Just Can't Go (Constipation) 176

38 Is My Stomach Pain Appendicitis? 182

39 College Is Giving Me Heartburn … or Maybe an Ulcer 186


40 My Back (Pack) Is Killing Me 189

41 My Double-Over Back (or Side) Pain Is a Kidney Stone 193

42 UTIs: Kidney and Bladder Infections 198


43 The "Missing" Tampon 202

44 Sexually Transmitted Infections (Yes, It Happens to People like You) 205

45 Date Rape and Sexual Assault 212


46 Is It Broken? Toe, Wrist, and Stress Fractures 216

47 Ankle Injuries, X-rays, and Expectations 222

48 Knee Pain without Injury (a.k.a. Too Many Stairs!) 227

49 My Heel Hurts-Especially That First Step! 234

50 I Stepped on a Nail (or Broken Glass) 238


51 Burns: A Matter of Degree 241

52 Acne, "Backne," and Cysts 246

53 Bites, Stings, and Blistering Things 254

54 Skier's Toe: Campus Version (Painful, Black Toenail or Fingernail) 261

55 Piercing Problems 264

56 Thinking of Inking? Tattoos (Before and After) 269

57 I Might Need Stitches (Cuts and Scrapes beyond Band-Aids) 276

58 Nail Issues: Infected, Ingrown, or Just Can't Stop Biting Them 281

59 Spring Break Rashes: "No-See-Ums" of the Sea 285

60 "Bartender" or "Margarita" Dermatitis 290

Bonus Section: DIY First Aid Kit 294

About the Author 301

Acknowledgments 303

References 305

Index 312

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