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Self Care

The Conservatory offers wellness services to support you in staying healthy and taking care of yourself and your fellow students.

Please note: Direct medical care is not available on campus, except Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Consultations by appointment.

If your condition is life-threatening, call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Severe headache
  • Severe throat swelling
  • Unusual skin rash, especially if the rash rapidly worsens
  • Unusual sensitivity to bright light
  • Stiff neck and pain when you bend your head forward
  • Mental confusion
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Extreme irritability
  • Abdominal pain or pain when urinating
  • Extreme pain of any kind
  • Muscle weakness or sensory changes
  • Seizure
  • Intention to hurt yourself or others
  • Sexual assault

Other reasons to seek medical care:

  • You have an injury you can't treat yourself
  • You have pain that isn't improving
  • Your symptoms are getting worse even though you're getting sleep and taking medicine
  • Despite applying pressure, an injury continues to bleed 
  • A wound is red, swollen, or there is green pus
  • A fever of 103° F (39.4° C) or higher
    • Normal is around 98.6° F (37° C)
  • Diarrhea or constipation lasts longer than 3 days
  • You are coughing blood, or there is blood in your stool or urine
  • Vomiting lasts more than 3 days and/or is causing dehydration
  • Joint pain is chronic and affects your normal activities, or you experience joint pain with redness or swelling of the joint
  • Back pain is chronic or accompanied by pain that travels down your leg or arm
  • You have a chronic illness or other condition that may be causing your symptoms
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, and depression lasting for two weeks or more

Many times, you can treat minor symptoms on your own.
Examples include:

  • You're not very sick
  • Your symptoms are mild and familiar and haven't been going on for very long
  • An over-the-counter (OTC) medication can help you to feel better, such as a pain reliever or antacid
  • You don't have a chronic condition that could be causing your symptoms, or worsened by them.

Be prepared! Create a First-Aid Kit.

Maybe at home your family helped you out when you were sick. Now that you're at school, stock your own first-aid kit.
Here are some suggested items to have in your room or apartment:

  • Pain reliever (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin)
    • Use to reduce fever, lessen pain, treat a headache
  • Decongestant (e.g., pseudophedrine)
    • Dry up a runny or stuffy nose and inflamed sinuses
  • Antihistamine
    • Reduce sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, and other seasonal allergy symptoms
  • Antacid and anti-gas medines, (e.g., Pepto-bismol®, Tums®)
    • Relieve indigestion and upset stomach
  • Cough drops/lozenges
    • Soothe a sore throat
  • Bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Antibiotic cream for cuts/scrapes
  • Digital thermometer
  • Rubbing alcohol
    • To clean thermometer or cuts/scrapes
  • Ice pack or frozen bag of peas
  • Tweezers
    • For removing splinters

For general questions about your health and health care, email the Director of Wellness Services at:

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