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6 Common Diseases College Students Should Be Aware Of

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College is a fun place where students meet lots of other students. However, because of the close proximity especially in dorm rooms, it's easier for diseases to spread in the campus.

SayCampusLife.com shared the common illnesses that students should watch out for in college. It included the usual strep infections and even something as serious as meningitis.

Meningitis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this disease results to the swelling of the meninges or protective membranes which cover the brain and spinal cord. It is commonly caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord due to bacteria or viruses.

Bacterial meningitis is spread from exchanging respiratory and throat secretions during close or lengthy contact. Viral meningitis spreads when an infected individual comes to close contact with others.

Tinea

In university or college dorms, it is normal for students to have common bathrooms. It is highly encouraged to wear footwear when using public showers because the floor may have tinea. It is the name of a group of diseases caused by a fungus, MedlinePlus reported.

Ringworm, athlete's foot and jock itch are different types of tinea. Students can get rid of tinea infections through over-the-counter creams and powders.

Mononucleosis

It is a common illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Its symptoms include intense fatigue, sore throat, fever, head and body aches as well as rashes. CDC noted that it commonly spreads through bodily fluids, especially saliva.

Strep Infection

This is a type of bacterial infection that targets weakened immune systems and flourishes in dorm rooms. Its symptoms include sore throat, high fever, tonsillitis, headache and swollen lymph nodes. It is also very contagious and is usually treated with prescribed antibiotics.

Depression

Depression is believed to be one of the most common mental health illnesses in college. There are a lot of students who go through this disease without even consulting a professional for diagnosis and treatment. It is best to check what services your school offers for depression.

STDs

College students are said to have the highest risk for sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). It can be easily spread through sexual contact with an infected person. Moreover, symptoms don't always manifest itself so it is important to have yourself checked regularly.

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