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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.

The Self-Care Station is located in the UHC Pharmacy, on the first floor of the Student Success Center. Stop in to go through the Self-Care steps, get over-the-counter medications and speak with our pharmacist.

No time to stop at the Self-Care Station?  Use the steps and guides below to start feeling better.

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 

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


Safer Sex

Sexual Violence

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