Acute Illnesses


Severe Headache

Headaches are common, but when they are persistent or severe, they could be symptoms of a more serious illness. Look here for common headache causes, treatment, and prevention.


Click here to view the signs and symptoms of meningitis, important preventative measures, and on-campus health resources. Students experiencing symptoms should immediately call the Student Health Center at (202) 687-2200 or GERMS at (202) 687-4357.

Severe Abdominal Pain

Stomach aches and pains are common, but sometimes more severe pain can be caused by a serious health issue. It is important to recognize when abdominal pain is severe and requires medical attention.

Difficulty Breathing or Swallowing

If you are having difficulty breathing and/or swallowing, this may be indicative of a serious health condition. Look here for the common causes of both conditions as well as signs and symptoms that are cause for concern.

Serious Head Injury

Head injuries are conditions that definitely require medical attention. If you think you may be suffering from a head injury, look here for symptoms and signs as well as treatment options.

Painful Urination

Painful urination can be caused by many different things, some more serious than others. If you are experiencing painful urination, look here for possible causes and treatments.


Diarrhea is a common symptom of many illnesses, ranging from food poisoning to laxative abuse to infections. If you are suffering from diarrhea, look here for possible causes and treatments.