Freshers is fantastic fun. Partying, meeting new people, trying new activities. But there is always a risk of Freshers Flu or other illness, something which can leave some students feeling rough after their Freshers Week! Whilst most of these illnesses are rare, it is important to know of the dangers and how best to avoid them!
1. Freshers Flu
With universities starting in Autumn (and as the days start to become colder), don’t be surprised if you develop a cold, sore throat, or ‘freshers flu’ during your first few weeks at university. If this happens, you could suffer from a fever and be bedridden for a few days. Unfortuntately, there is not much that can be done to avoid Freshers flu! All you can do is try to minimise its impact: Get plenty of rest, eat healthily, and drink lots of water. If symptoms worsen, it would be best to visit your GP, but you will likely feel better after a few days!
2. Mental Health
Mental health issues are one of the most common problems faced by students at university. Whether you are missing home, stressed about work, or suffering from anxiety or other mental illnesses, it is important not to panic or suffer alone. The first thing you can do is speak up. Talk to someone you can trust, whether it’s a friend or doctor. You could also visit mental health charity Mind – where you can drop into a help center or join their online community.
Many people have already had the MMR injection when they were younger, and you should check if you have this before going to university. However, if you find your face swelling like a melon, then you might have mumps. Again, the best way to recover from this is to get rest, drink water and eat soft foods. But be careful, as mumps is highly contagious. You should stay in bed and leave it for at least 5 days before mixing with others again!
Have you been suffering from an extreme headache, a purple rash, or a stiff neck for the past few days? You could have contracted meningitis. Again, many people will have had vaccinations protecting them against this, but you should make sure you are protected before attending university. To check for symptoms or if you are worried you have this, then visit Meningitis Now. You should definitely visit a doctor, as the illness can be quite severe if left untreated.
5. Glandular Fever
This is another fairly common illness amongst freshers. It is usually caught from coughing and sneezing (transmitted via saliva), and symptoms can include headaches and fevers along with enlarged tonsils and a sore throat. Again, visit the GP if you think you have the illness.
We hope you stay safe and enjoy your time at Freshers. This article was brought to you in collaboration with our friends at Student Roost, who offer fantastic student accommodation at affordable prices across the UK. If you want to find out more about staying healthy at uni, check out our guide to the top health apps for students.