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Do you only get mono from making out? Nope! Check out this video to learn how you can get mono.
Transcript: Mono is spread through saliva, it is usually transmitted via kissing, hence its nickname as the "kissing...
Mono is spread through saliva, it is usually transmitted via kissing, hence its nickname as the "kissing disease." But sharing cups, like in beer pong, or utensils, can also lead to mono. And so can living in confined quarters with someone who has the kissing disease. It would be easy if you could just avoid swapping saliva with an infected individual! However, mono incubates for four to eight weeks, during which time it is quite contagious - and has no symptoms. As a result, it's nearly impossible to completely avoid people who are infected.More »
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Mono symptoms can be hard to spot. Watch this video to learn which symptoms to look out for.
Transcript: As a result of mono's long dormant period, you probably won't experience symptoms for a period of at...
As a result of mono's long dormant period, you probably won't experience symptoms for a period of at least four weeks post-infection. But once the disease is done incubating, you'll notice a loss of appetite, chills, and severe lethargy. Several days later, these initial symptoms will often by joined by swollen lymph nodes, sore throat and a high fever. At this point, if you haven't already, you should definitely head to your college's health care providers, who will be able to test your blood to confirm mono.More »
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Can mono be treated once you have it? Learn all about mono treatment methods in this video.
Transcript: If you are infected, there's not much you can do but to tell your profs and pals, then lie low and...
If you are infected, there's not much you can do but to tell your profs and pals, then lie low and wait it out. Treat your symptoms with over-the-counter remedies, like throat numbing sprays and ibuprofen. And remember: You may or may not still be contagious at this point, so it's best to avoid swapping saliva until you've fully recovered.More »
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You've probably heard a lot about athlete's foot but do you know exactly what it is? Watch this video to learn more.
Transcript: Athlete's foot is a common skin condition caused by the transmission of mold-like fungi called dermatophytes....
Athlete's foot is a common skin condition caused by the transmission of mold-like fungi called dermatophytes. These fungi thrive on the feet, because the warm, moist environment provided by shoes offers them the perfect living environment.More »
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If you've ever had athlete's foot, you know how frustrating it can be. But how do you get athlete's foot? Watch this video to find out.
Transcript: Feet fungi are known to slough off in places where you walk barefoot, like dorm showers and the gym...
Feet fungi are known to slough off in places where you walk barefoot, like dorm showers and the gym locker room. Because other people are also commonly barefoot in the same locations, these fungi can spread quickly from person to person.More »
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Not sure if you have athlete's foot? Check out this video to learn all about the tell-tale symptoms.
Transcript: The symptoms of athlete's foot vary, but often include dry skin, itchiness, and scaling between your...
The symptoms of athlete's foot vary, but often include dry skin, itchiness, and scaling between your toes. You may also notice itchy blisters, crumbly toenails and red spots.More »
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Getting rid of bed bugs can prove to be a pesky problem! Watch this video video to learn what you can do about them.
Transcript: There isn't a treatment for bed bugs, so much as there is a need to get rid of the places they may be...
There isn't a treatment for bed bugs, so much as there is a need to get rid of the places they may be living. Unfortunately, it may not be exactly obvious where they are hiding. Any sheets, clothes or other places that you suspect might be harboring the bed bugs should be washed in super hot water, frozen for at least 24 hours, or just thrown away.More »
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There are three types of lice and they can be spread in a couple of different ways. Learn how lice is typically spread in this video.
Transcript: The louse, which is the singular term for lice, comes in three forms, each of which feasts on a particular...
The louse, which is the singular term for lice, comes in three forms, each of which feasts on a particular body part. Head lice are sesame-seed sized grayish bugs, which attach to the hair shaft and lay eggs there. Sharing grooming products, or your headphones, may result in the transmission of head lice. Body lice are slightly larger and live in your clothing, waiting to feed off your skin. They're typically passed by sharing clothing and by extensive bed hopping. Finally, pubic lice are round, with three pairs of legs on either side of their bodies. They are spread via sexual contact and burrow into your pubic hair to lay eggs. Intense itching of the infected body part is characteristic of all three forms of lice, and a red rash may accompany body lice.More »
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Pink eye that spreads via viruses and bacteria and can have an array of symptoms. Watch this video to learn what pink eye symptoms to watch out for.
Transcript: If you contract pink eye, you'll experience redness, tearing, itching, discharge, and/or sensitivity...
If you contract pink eye, you'll experience redness, tearing, itching, discharge, and/or sensitivity to light. The problem with pink eye is that it can be caused by a number of different factors, and each requires a different treatment. Often, conjunctivitis stems from the transmission of bacteria and viruses from person to person. This could happen by sharing towels with your roommate, or by touching infected surfaces and then your eyes.More »
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Pink eye treatment depends on the type you have. Watch this video to learn more.
Transcript: If a visit to the health center shows that your pink eye stems from a virus, you're out of luck. All...
If a visit to the health center shows that your pink eye stems from a virus, you're out of luck. All you'll be able to do is wait out the infection, which can take up to five days. On the other hand, bacteria-based pink eye can be treated with a prescription antibiotic, ending the contagious period much sooner.More »
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Every year, your doctors, parents and friends urge you to prep for flu season. But what exactly is the flu? Find out by watching this video.
Transcript: Influenza, the formal name for the flu, is a contagious respiratory virus that infects up to 20-percent...
Influenza, the formal name for the flu, is a contagious respiratory virus that infects up to 20-percent of the U.S. population each year. While some people recover from the flu quickly, others can stay sick for weeks, and each year 36,000 people die from the virus.More »
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Ever wonder how the flu vaccine works inside your body? Watch this video to get all the details about what the vaccine does for your health.
Transcript: Each year's vaccine is designed to protect against the strains of the flu that are expected to circulate...
Each year's vaccine is designed to protect against the strains of the flu that are expected to circulate during that season. There are two different types of vaccine used.The more commonly used form contains inactivated, or dead, forms of the flu virus, and is delivered via an injection called the flu shot. Because the virus in the flu shot is dead, it cannot cause the flu in people who receive it, but it will help the body create antibodies to fight live flu viruses. The flu shot doesn't usually come with any side effects, although some people experience tenderness at the injection site. The flu vaccine is also available as a nasal spray, which contains live, but weakened versions of the flu virus. As a result, the nasal spray can cause flu-like symptoms in some individuals, although it cannot actually give you the flu,These symptoms-which may include headache, runny nose, and a sore throat-do not last for more than a day or two.More »
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