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What are symptom self-care charts?

This page provides self-care algorithms that can assist you in managing minor ailments without needing to see a provider.  Not every symptom has a self-care chart listed.  This section covers common symptoms that may be minor enough to be treated with self-care measures.  If you have a symptom that is not listed, see a health care provider.

Each chart includes a brief introduction to each symptom along with a list of questions to help you decide whether to: (1) Get medical help right away; (2) Go to Sick Call; or (3) Use a self-care measure.  Read each symptom evaluation question and follow the YES or NO arrows.  If you answer NO to all the questions listed for a condition and reach the bottom of the chart, then it is probably appropriate for you to use self-care measures.  

Self Care Symptom Topics

Head and Chest Self Care Charts 

Cold       

Cough

Ear Pain 

Eye Problems

Hay Fever or Allergies    

Headache       

Hoarseness    

Nose or Sinus Problems

Nosebleed      

Sore Throat

 

Back Pain and Stomach Self Care Charts 

Back Pain        

Constipation    

Heartburn        

Nausea, Vomiting, or Diarrhea

 

Muscles and Joints Self Care Charts

Foot Problems - Athlete’s Foot        

Foot Problems - Blisters 

Foot Problems - Other

Joint Pain

Muscle Aches

Muscle Pain or Bruises

 

Skin Self Care Charts

Cuts, Punctures, or Bites

Insect Bites or Stings

Jock Itch 

Rash from Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac

Scrapes  

Splinters

Sunburn

 

General Symptoms Self Care Charts 

Cold Weather Symptoms

Depression, Stress, or Anxiety

Fever or Chills

Hot Weather Symptoms

 

Women’s Health Self Care Charts 

Menstrual Symptoms

Vaginal Discharge, Itching, Irritation, or Pain

Urinary Symptoms