Self-Care Info

Pages that contain information for patients to help themselves without needing to see a physcian.

Your Own Medical Kit: Basic Supplies

The following are some suggested items to bring with you to University.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)


A UTI is an infection that begins in your urinary tract. The urinary tract is composed of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Any part of the urinary tract can become infected, but most infections occur/start in the bladder.

Who Gets It?

Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI. Part of the problem may be that bacteria have a much shorter distance to travel in women. The female urethra, leading from the outside of the body to the bladder, is much shorter than the male urethra.

ILI (Influenza Like Illness)

What to do?

  • Self Isolate – Stay in your room with the door shut.
  • Avoid being within two meters of household members.
  • If not possible to have your own bathroom, do not share towels, bar soap, etc.
  • Try to get housemates (or an RA if on campus) to bring food - on disposable utensils - to your room.
  • If you need items at the drug store, get a friend to run the errand for you.
  • Don’t have visitors in your room or home.
  • Cover your mouth & nose when you sneeze or cough. Use a tissue or the bend of your elbow.

Your Immunization Records

You can retrieve your immunization records from your local Public Health Unit (for example, the local Public Health Unit for Guelph is, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health).

Contact your local Health Unit and ask them for your immunization records. You will require to provide your personal information to retrieve your immunization records, that includes:


There have been some reports of Norovirus-like illnesses on campus. Please read the information on this page as well as the Norovirus Fact Sheet provided by Public Health to help you stay healthy and prevent the spread of this illness.


Gastroenteritis literally means inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Commonly but wrongly called 'stomach flu' is highly contagious.

Healthy Living in Residence

Residences are high-density living communities. That can make it easier for a communicable disease to make the rounds. Although it is impossible to avoid catching all of the germs that go around, the following are some personal care strategies that will minimize your risk and keep you healthy for your studies and your social life.

Infectious Mononucleosis


Infectious Mononucleosis is a viral disease commonly seen between ages 15-25 years. Infectious Mononucleosis is caused by the Epstein-Bar virus (EBV) which affects the lymph glands in the neck, armpits, abdomen and groin. It can cause enlargement of the liver and spleen. This disease is usually acute, rarely serious; it is often so mild it goes undetected. ‘Mono’ is thought to be transmitted through saliva.

Prevention of Ear Wax Build-Up

  • Use a small bottle (approx. 10mL) with Screw-On Dropper and fill with oil (ie. olive, mineral oil)
  • Fill 3/4 of a larger glass (approx. 250mL) with warm water
  • Place small bottle with oil inside the glass of warm water, and allow time for bottle of oil to warm up
  • Put 2 drops of warm oil in each ear before bed

Repeat as often as Needed

  • every night for 1 week if ears have plugged feeling and seek medical attention if discomfort persists

Colds and the Flu

Symptoms COLD (Symptoms Develop Slowly) FLU (Symptoms Appear Suddenly)
Fever Rare High Fever (39-40°C)
Headache Rare Usual, Can be severe
General Aches and Pain Rare Usual, Can be severe
Fatigue and Weakness Sometimes, Mild Usual, Severe

Self-Care Information

Health Services provides self-care information and guidelines on various diseases such as colds, flu, influenza, etc. These are guidelines only and if for any other reason you feel that further attention is necessary, contact Health Services (x52131).