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Self-Care

During your time at the Boston Conservatory, you may get sick or be injured. While the Wellness Office is there to answer your questions and help you to access proper medical care, there are times when you may want to treat minor symptoms on your own.

It's generally OK to self-treat if:

  • You don't have a chronic illness or other condition for which you are taking medications
  • You're not very sick
  • Your symptoms are mild and familiar and haven't been going on for very long
  • You ask your pharmacist for advice on which over-the-counter (OTC) medications to take

You should seek medical attention if:

  • You have a chronic illness or other condition.
  • A cold, the flu, or a stomachache that's getting worse even though you're resting and taking OTC medicine
  • Unusual symptoms that are painful or worrisome
  • A sinus infection, a bad sore throat with a fever, or other symptoms you think may require antibiotics
  • Diarrhea or constipation for longer than a week, bloody diarrhea, or diarrhea with mucus
  • Joint pain that's chronic and affects your normal activities, or joint pain along with redness or swelling of the joint
  • Back pain that's chronic or accompanied by pain that travels down your leg or arm
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, and depression lasting for at least two weeks
  • An injury you can't treat yourself but that's not an emergency

It's a good idea to be prepared for the possibility of an illness or injury. You may want to keep the following items in your residence hall room or apartment for use in self-care:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil), and/or Aspirin for fever/pain/swelling
  • Dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM) and Guaifenisen (Mucinex) for coughs
  • Decongestant (Sudafed) and saline nasal spray for nasal congestion
  • Cough drops/lozenges with benzocaine and/or menthol for sore throat
  • An antihistamine (Benadryl or Claritin) for sneezing/watery eyes/other allergies
  • Pepto-Bismol and Rolaids (or equivalent) for indigestion and upset stomach
  • Loperamide (Immodium) for diarrhea and Bisacodyl (Dulcolax) for constipation
  • Thermometer
  • Cold pack
  • Tweezers and scissors
  • Adhesive/bandage tape and sterile gauze pads
  • Adhesive bandages
  • An elastic (ACE) bandage
  • Antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
  • Antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin)
  • Hydrocortisone ointment (such as Cortaid)

Should you need equipment such as crutches or a light wheelchair due to an injury, these items can be rented at Gary's Drugstore on Charles Street.

If you have questions about your symptoms or aren't sure what to do in case of an illness or injury, contact the Wellness Office at wellness@bostonconservatory.edu, or call 1-617-912-9260, for assistance.

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