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—a 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 Healthy College Student's 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 50 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 if everyone from your group project thinks they’re coming down with the flu the day before your presentation?
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
The topics of tattoos, smoking, vaping, pot, piercings, and prescription drugs will also be tackled throughout the pages of this handbook, ensuring you, your roommates, and your friends have a healthy semester.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510751033
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 197,771
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(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

Head: 1

1 Hangovers 1

2 Other Bad Headaches (Migraines) 6

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

Brain: 16

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

Eyes: 61

12 Something's Stuck in My Eye 61

13 Stye, Stye, in My Eye 65

14 Pink Eye: Infectious or Allergic? 68

15 My Eye (or Some Other Muscle) Won't Stop Twitching 75

Ears: 78

16 Can't Hear? Clogged Ear (Wax) 78

17 Is This an Ear Infection? 81

18 Ringing Ears 86

Nose: 89

19 Stuffy Nose, Colds, and Sinus Infections 89

20 Nose Bleeds 93

21 Itching, Sneezing, Allergies, and Hives 96

Mouth: 100

22 Cold Sores and Fever Blisters 100

23 Bad Breath and Tonsil Stones 104

24 When Your Sore Throat Is Strep 108

25 When Your Sore Throat Is Mono 113

26 When Your Sore Throat Is … That Which Shall Not Be Named 116

Neck: 120

27 College Is A Pain in the Neck 120

28 Something's Stuck in My Throat 123

Chest: 128

29 My Heart Is Fluttering: Palpitations and Panic 128

30 I Can't Stop Coughing-Is this Bronchitis? Flu? Pneumonia? 132

31 I Can't Catch My Breath (Common): Asthma 139

32 I Can't Catch My Breath + Chest Pain (Uncommon): Partially Collapsed Lung 144

33 Birth Control Pills + Chest Pain = Serious Problem (Till Proven Otherwise) 148

Stomach: 153

34 Food Poisoning? Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea 153

35 Public Restroom Panic … I Just Can't Go (Constipation) 159

36 Is My Stomach Pain Appendicitis? 165

37 College Is Giving Me Heartburn … or Maybe an Ulcer 169

Back: 172

38 My Aching Back (Pack) Is Killing Me 172

39 My Double-Over Back (or Side) Pain Is a Kidney Stone 176

40 UTIs: Kidney and Bladder Infections 181

Pelvic: 185

41 The "Missing" Tampon 185

42 Sexually Transmitted Infections (Yes, It Happens to People like You) 188

43 Date Rape and Sexual Assault 195

Extremities: 199

44 Is It Broken? Toe, Wrist, and Stress Fractures 199

45 Ankle Injuries, X-rays, and Expectations 205

46 Knee Pain without Injury (a.k.a. Too Many Stairs!) 210

47 My Heel Hurts-Especially That First Step! 217

48 I Stepped on a Nail (or Broken Glass) 221

Skin: 224

49 Burns: A Matter of Degree 224

50 Acne, "Backne," and Cysts 229

51 Bites, Stings, and Blistering Things 237

52 Skier's Toe: Campus Version (Painful, Black Toenail or Fingernail) 244

53 Piercing Problems 247

54 Thinking of Inking? Tattoos (Before and After) 252

55 I Might Need Stitches (Cuts and Scrapes beyond Band-Aids) 259

56 Nail Issues: Infected, Ingrown, or Just Can't Stop Biting Them 264

Bonus Section: DIY First Aid Kit 268

About the Author 275

Acknowledgments 277

References 279

Index 284

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