Self-limited illnesses are healed by the body's immune system and can be treated at home without seeing a medical provider. This type of illness is often referred to as needing to "run its course". Even though these illnesses are self-limited, they can still be contagious and make you feel quite sick. Treatment for these illnesses include self-care for symptoms, limiting spread to others and understanding when to seek care from a medical provider.

Not feeling well? Use the steps and guides below to start feeling better. The JMU pharmacy is located on the first floor of the SSC and carries a variety of over-the-counter medications and health care products. The pharmacy team is available to answer your questions.

Step 1: Understand Your Health Condition and Symptoms

Choose the self-care guide that most clearly matches your symptoms and read it carefully.

Anxiety                                                                                                      Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) 

Constipation                                                                                               Cough 

COVID-19                                                                                                   Fever    

Head Lice                                                                                                    Influenza (Flu)                             

Nausea and Vomiting                                                                                   Seasonal Allergies                         

Sore Throat                                                                                                 Nicotine Cessation

Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (Common Cold)                                           Yeast Infection

Step 2: Choose the Correct Self-Care Measure

If over-the-counter medications are needed, use the FDA and UHC Pharmacy handouts.

Step 3: Limit Spread to Others

 Complete a self-care note if needed:

1) Print a self-care note, then complete and sign the note.

2) Use the note to communicate your absence with instructors, supervisors or others. Class and employment attendance policies may still apply.

Step 4: Know When to Seek Help from a Medical Provider

Review the self-care guide for when to seek help from a medical provider.

Available Resources on-campus:


Resource lists for each topic area include campus and community resources in addition to credible sources of health information.

Alcohol and Other Drugs


Nicotine Cessation Resource Guide

Safer Sex

Sexual Violence (Green Dot)

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