7 Health Symptoms Your College Student Shouldn’t Ignore

Your College Student Should See A Doctor If...
For those of you like me who have college students one of the scariest things about them being away from home is trusting them with their own medical care. My boys are notorious for paying zero to no attention to their bodies when they are sick. With so many social obligations who has time to stay home and take care of yourself. I am constantly pleading with them to get to a clinic and have a doctor take a look at them. They run their bodies down the first year or two because all that freedom makes them lose any sense of health consciousness.

Exhausted from worrying, I reached out to my favorite pediatrician and asked her to provide me with a list I could send to my boys from a DOCTOR, not their dumb mom, that would outline when it is necessary to see a doctor. 

If you feel any of these symptoms, please tell someone. Let your roommate, friend, or family know and go see a doctor. 

1. You have a fever that lasts more than three days. 

2. You have a fever and neck stiffness. Look up, down, right and left. If it hurts or is stiff then seek medical care ASAP. Do not mess around on this one. 

3. Ibuprofen doesn’t bring down your fever or make you feel any better. 

4. Difficulty breathing. Again on this one, do not mess around, seek medical attention ASAP.

5. If your cold isn’t better in 10 days go see a doctor. You might need an antibiotic to get your over it.  

6. You are experiencing the worst headache of your life. 

7. You are having any difficulty with vision or mental status. 
 
If you have any of the above symptoms get into the doctor and be seen. If you have symptom number two or four, get to an ER. Remember to stay up to date on your vaccines and yearly check ups. Stop worrying your mom and start taking better care of yourself.
 
(Ok…I added that last sentence…but she probably thought it)
 
Dr. Shakha GillinDr. Shakha Gillin is the co-founder of Coast Pediatrics in Del Mar, CA. She has a special interest in preventative care, specifically, healthy and active lifestyles for children. She and her husband have a son.
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