College Health Issues
List of common conditions and diseases affecting college students. Get to know the signs, symptoms, and when you need to seek medical attention.
These illnesses affect thousands of college students every year, especially common in the winter or rainy seasons. There are over one billion colds in the United States each year.
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Bronchitis is an inflammation in the lungs which can be caused by many different irritants.
Meningitis has two different forms, viral and bacterial, the latter of which can cause severe brain damage and death; and needs immediate medical attention.
Mononucleosis, "the kissing disease," is a viral infection which causes fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands.
Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities, behind and adjacent to the nose and eyes.
Stomach Flu, or Gastroenteritis, causes vomiting and diarrhea, but is unrelated to the flu virus.
Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the U.S. People who experience constipation have infrequent bowel movements, pass hard stools, or strain during bowel movements. The normal frequency for bowel movements varies widely. In general, you're probably experiencing constipation if you pass fewer than three stools a week and those stools are hard and dry. Fortunately, most cases of elimination are dependent on a balanced diet and exercise.
Contact Dermatitis ▼
Hay Fever ▼
Among the important components of the immune system are the antibodies, which are produced by lymph tissue. A key player in the allergic response is the antibody known as immunoglobulin E (IgE). IgE is overproduced in certain people, usually those with inherited susceptibility. During an allergic attack, these antibodies attach to cells known as mast cells, which are generally concentrated in the lungs, skin and mucous membranes. Once IgE binds to mast cells, these cells are programmed to release a number of chemicals. One of these chemicals, histamine, opens the blood vessels and causes skin redness and swollen membranes. More mucus or tears may be produced than is normal. Histamine causes many of the symptoms associated with allergies. A common seasonal allergy is hay fever.
- Very itchy rash
- Raised pink lesions with pale centers, ranging in size from ½ inch to several inches wide
- Variable shapes
- Rapid and repeated change in location, size, and shape
Idaho Health Department
Center’s for Disease Control
The Naked Truth
American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology
American College Health Association
National Center for Victims of Crime
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University of Arizona Health Education
Brown University Health Education
University of Georgia Student Health Center
University of Texas at Austin Counseling & Mental Health Center
Oregon State University Student Health
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