Student Counseling Services assists students with typical student developmental issues and provides professional counseling to students with mental health concerns. The website provides a listing of resources and links on various topics.
Go Ask Alice! is a health Q&A Internet resource from Columbia University. It provides readers with student-friendly information about relationships; sexuality; sexual health; emotional health; fitness; nutrition; alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs; and, general health from a thoughtful perspectives so that college students can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being.
American Academy of Family Practice – Health Tools
This website contains health tools, drug information, healthcare resources, and general disease and prevention education materials.
The BACCHUS Network promotes student based, campus and community-wide leadership on health and safety issues. Become a member of the BACHHUS network by signing up to become a certified Peer Educator here at Radford University (contact Sarah Kenney for more information about RU Peer Educators)
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is an organization that works to provide information to enhance and promote health.
- Information on diseases and conditions such as Cancer, Diabetes, Hepatitis, AIDs and STIs.
- Information on Healthy Living with information on food safety, physical activity and smoking prevention.
The most common cause of pink eye (conjunctivitis) is viral and is associated with the common cold. The "pink eye" occurs during the 3rd - 5th day of the cold symptoms and can be in either one or both eyes. Although discharge causes the lids to be hard to open in the morning, the drainage usually is not present during the day. Antibiotic drops are not necessary for viral conjunctivitis. Just like the common cold itself, the conjunctivitis will resolve as it runs its course. Symptomatic treatment includes warm or cool compresses and over the counter decongestant or antihistamine drops. The "pink" symptom is relieved temporarily by keeping the drops in the refrigerator. Artificial Tears, or similar eye drops, may be used COLD every 2 hours or as needed for the irritated, dry, red symptoms. Remember that the virus which carries both the cold symptoms and the conjunctivitis is contagious. Wash your hands after touching your eyes or nose and avoid sharing personal items to help prevent the spread. If the symptoms persist longer than 2-3 days, please schedule an appointment to be evaluated. If you are a contact wearer and have conjunctivitis, please schedule an appointment at the Student Health Center for evaluation.
Bacterial conjunctivitis causes a pink or red eye and usually causes a yellow or green discharge not only in the morning but throughout the day. It is important to see a health care provider if the eye discharge occurs throughout the day.
Allergic causes of pink eye are usually in both eyes and is associated with other allergic symptoms such as sneezing and clear running nose.
There are no definitive tests for diagnosing a pink eye as a bacterial, viral or allergic cause. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call the Student Health Center.