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
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.

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