Taking Care of Your Basic Health Needs
Many medical problems can be taken care of at home without need for medical office appointments. Basic health supplies may not be at the top of your list of items to bring to college but having a personal supply of over-the-counter medicines and first aid materials will save you a trip to the pharmacy or book store when you don’t feel like getting out.
Your health insurance and prescription cards – a front and back photocopy is fine.
Thermometer – just feeling your forehead isn’t accurate!
Tweezers for removing splinters.
- Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever and pain.
- Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen) for fever, pain and to decrease inflammation,such as with musculoskeletal injuries.
- Antihistamine for seasonal allergies or allergic reactions. A few generic examplesare diphenhydramine (sedating) and Loratadine or Fexofenadine (non-sedating).
- Decongestant – for a stuffy nose. Pseudoephedrine is an example.
- Cough medicine – name brands include Robitussin DM and Mucinex DM.
- Anti-itch cream – hydrocortisone cream for minor itching from rashes or bug bites.
- See medications for common illness.
Hot and cold pack – even a Ziploc bag of ice cubes or a bag of frozen peas works well for a cold pack.
Condoms if you are sexually active or think you might become sexually active.
Information You Need
Health care provider’s phone number.
Where To Receive Health Care
UMKC STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS
It is in the new 51st OAK building with Whole Foods Market.
5100 Oak Street, Suite 237
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
PHONE: (816) 235-6133
Seeing a doctor at Student Health and Wellness is free.
Your student insurance also covers off-campus doctor visits. In the US, most doctors have their own offices rather than working in a hospital. Click here for more information about your insurance. If you visit an off-campus doctor, you will have to pay a fee for the visit.
If the doctor’s office is closed and you are sick, there are many MinuteClinics that you can visit. It will cost the same as a doctor’s visit. Click here for more information.
Only go to the hospital if it is an emergency or if the situation is serious. Going to the hospital will be expensive.
Whom To Call In An Emergency
Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222.
Call 9-1-1 for situations that threaten life or property and need immediate attention.
Medical terminology can be tricky, learn some basic vocabularies by dragging words to appropriate body parts.