Self Care Center Checklist
This is a copy of sheet used by the Etter Heath Center: Self-Care Cold Center. It is for information only -- you should go to Etter to perform this self diagnostic care and utilize the professional care available from the staff.
Step 1.: Check the symptoms that you have:
Current Medications YOU are on.________________________________________
|General body aches
|Cough w/ mucous
|Dry, hacky cough
||Ears feel clogged
Step 2.: Sometimes what seems like a cold might be a more serious problem. They will help determine if you need additional professional care. Please answer (Y)es or (N)o to the following questions --
|Swollen glands on neck >7 days
||Difficulty swallowing liquids
||Had symptoms > 2 weeks
|Sinus / facial pain
||Deep cough, producting thick mucus
|Severe pain anywhere
||Current Asthma Flare
|History of allergies
||Chest Tightness /Difficulty Breathing
|Do you smoke?
||History of allergies, asthma, rheumatic fever
|Temp:________Is it above 101 Yes____ No____
If you answer (Y)es to any of these questions in Step 2, please see the nurse.
If you answer (N)o to all of the questions, then proceed to Step 3 (below). You may also see the nurse if you wish (or have questions).
Step 3. If you have answered NO to all of the questions above, then you can safely use the medication chosen from the list below. In addition, Vitamin C, “Cold Eeze,” or Echinacea may help shorten your illness.
| Self-prescribed medicine
|| Reduces these symptoms
|| Possible side effects
| Sudafed (Decongestant)
|| Nasal congestion
|| Restlessness or sleeplessness
| Actifed (Antihistimine + decongestant)
|| Dries watery secretions
|| Drowsiness or sleepiness
|| Fever & body aches
| Robitussin DM Cough Syrup
|| Suppresses coughs
| Salt water gargles
|| Soothes & cleanses throat
| Throat lozenges
|| Soothes throat
|| Boosts immunity
NOTE: Do NOT take these cold meds with other over the counter meds.
Please take medications as directed. Decongestants must be taken 4 times a day to get relief of symptoms.