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Urgent Care Topic: Foodborne Illnesses On College Campuses

First Med Urgent Care: Reporting the dangers

First Med Urgent Care recognizes that college students have been working hard this year! Our urgent care staff know how real the struggle is when the final few months of the fall semester comes to a rapid close. As the stress of final exams weigh heavily on college students, their health may not be in the forefront of their minds. The health risks on a college campus are scarier than most students think. One of the most common illnesses circulating on college campuses is food poisoning or foodborne illness. This dangerous illness can show up without warning. First Med Urgent Care is here to reveal this nasty sickness!

The following are food-borne illness symptoms to watch out for:

• Diarrhea
• Nausea
• Fever

These symptoms are caused by bacteria or other pathogens in food, therefore; dangerous food-handling techniques must be avoided. It’s shocking how many students can identify the Pythagorean Theorem, yet they don’t have the basic knowledge regarding food safety. You can avoid foodborne illness by washing your hands properly. In addition, the common foods that pose problems are related to meats, eggs and dairy. For this reason First Med Urgent Care staff suggest avoiding undercooked meats, avoiding runny eggs and make certain your dairy products are fully pasteurized. If eating out at a restaurant, students should not hesitate to send food back to the server or to dispose of it if it is cooked improperly. Be safe out there, everyone! And good luck to all you college students finishing out the fall semester.

If you suspect you are ill due to foodborne illness, we are here to assess the situation and treat you accordingly. First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic so there is no appointment necessary. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm.

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Healthy Test Taking Tips From First Med Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care: Study Hard, Stay Healthy

First Med Urgent Care staff know that the pressure of taking tests is already beginning as school gets geared up again for the fall semester. If you ever have test anxiety or natural stress about taking tests in school, you’re not the only one. A lot of students of all ages get a little jittery around test taking time. First Med Urgent Care staff knows all about the pressure to do a good job and what it feels like so we’ve compiled a list of healthy test taking tips to get you started in the right direction this year.

1.) Prepare an outline: Making yourself a study plan can help you focus on the list of the most important topics to be covered. Use the guide you make when studying.

2.) Remove distractions: A lot of students have reported that studying at home is too much distraction, because they focus on what they can be doing rather than studying. There’s a reason why libraries still exist. They’re a great, quite place to study!

3.) Rest easy: This one seems like a “no-brainer,” but you’d be surprised just how many students stay up too late the night before an exam. Make sure you go to bed early enough to get plenty of rest.

4.) Eat well: If you eat a balanced breakfast it will be one less worry during the test. Nothing distracts you more during a test than a growling stomach.

5.) Just relax: Take a deep breathe before the test begins. Don’t forget to let it out! If you have your pencils, scrap paper or other materials allowed that’s another few things you don’t have to worry about. If you’ve followed your study plan, you should be prepared.

6.) Cross check: When you’ve finished your test, always cross check your answers. Double checking helps you make sure you didn’t make the mistake of skipping a question or filling in the right answer on the wrong line.

First Med Urgent Care wants you to do your very best. Most of these tips provided by our urgent care staff should help the majority of students feel at ease. Our urgent care staff thinks that if you follow these healthy test taking tips you’ll know you did your best!