Cooking and Accidentally Burn Yourself?

  • Burns are more common than you think. There are three types of burns:
    •  First-degree
    •  Second-degree
    •  Third-degree
  • Thermal burns are the most common burns. These burns occur when flames, hot metals and liquid, or steam come in contact with the skin.
  •  A few symptoms of a burn include:
    • Blisters
    • Peeling Skin
    • Pain
    • Red Skin
    • Swelling

Treatment of the burn depends on its severity.

TIP: With any burn you should always keep it clean to avoid infection.

Find more information on how to take care of burns here.

Make sure you stop by Student Health Services for Urgent Care treatment.


Playing an Intramural Sport and Sprain Your Ankle?

  • Sprains are one of the most common injuries, especially for those who play sports.
  • Sprains are caused from ligaments tearing.
  • When a joint is stretched more than it should it causes the ligament to tear resulting in a sprain.
  • Sprains are graded from 1-3.
    • Grade 1 Sprain Symptoms
      • Pain
      • Swelling
    • Grade 2 Sprain Symptoms
      • Pain
      • Swelling
      • Moderate loss of motion
      • Instability
      • discoloration
    • Grade 3 Sprain Symptoms
      • Pain
      • Complete loss of function
      • instability of the joint
      • Tenderness
      • Discoloration
      • Swelling


If you experience any of these symptoms visit Student Health Services for Urgent Care treatment

Is Something In Your Eye?

  • A Black Eye is a contusion to surrounding tissue.
    • Symptoms include:
      • Swelling
      • Discoloration
      • Vision problems
  • Treat black eyes by placing a cold compress on it for 10-20 minutes.
  • A Foreign Body could be a speck of dirt or glass found in the eye.
    • Symptoms include:
      • Severe pain
      • Watering of the eye
      • Light sensitivity
  • A Hyphema is a build-up of blood in the chamber of the eye.
    • Symptoms include:
      • Redness
      • Vision partially or completely blocked
  • An Orbital Blowout is a fracture to the eye muscle.
    • Symptoms include:
      • Bleeding of the lower margins of the eye
      • Double vision
      • Pain with eye movement

For more information on these common eye injuries click here or visit Student Health Services for Urgent Care treatment.


Bump Your Head?


  • Call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
  • Any head injury is a serious injury because it can affect our brains and may impact our lives. Often times students can’t tell if it’s serious, so contact the experts!
  • If you are not sure if your head injury is serious, call 9-1-1 or contact Student Health Services.  If we are closed, the After Hours Advice Nurse will speak with you.



For more information about head injuries come by Student Health Services for Urgent Care assessment or visit the Head Injury Association website


Cut Yourself on Something?

No one likes to get stitches. But in some cases, it is best to treat the cut or wound properly with stitches than allowing the chance for infection. Urgent Care will have you stitched up in no time.


  • With any cut or wound make sure you do the following:
    • Wash your hands.
    • Stop any bleeding by applying pressure to the skin.
    • Clean the wound with water or alcohol, DO NOT USE SOAP.
    • Apply ointment to the wound. For example, Neosporin.
    • Cover with band-aid.
    • If the wound is deep in the skin make sure to visit Urgent Care in Student Health Services immediately for stitches.


For more information on how to care for deep cuts and wounds visit the CDC website.


Urgent Care treatment is available at Student Health Services.

2 thoughts on “5 Reasons You Might Need to Visit the Urgent Care Clinic

  1. My son was just outside playing soccer with his older sister and just came in saying that his foot is hurt. I think that it might be sprained and so I really appreciate you explaining the three different grades. He is in pain and it is swelling, but I’m not sure if there is any loss of motion. No matter what, though, I am definitely taking him to the urgent care center. However, he isn’t moving his foot too much, but that might be just the pain and that he doesn’t want to move it. How much of a loss of motion does it have to be for it to be a grade 2 sprain?


    1. Hi Faylinn,
      Please call Student Health Services at 813-974-2331 option 2. A medical professional can discuss this further with you. If we are closed, that same number is answered by a Nurse Advice Line, so that response is always safe and accurate.


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