EXAM TIME – PHARMACISTS REPORT A SURGE IN PARENTS SEEKING ADVICE ON EXAM STRESS FOR STUDENTS

6 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

With the beginning of the Leaving Certificate this week, pharmacists are noticing a surge in visits by parents worried about the impact exam stress is having on their children. Exam stress can manifest as stomach upsets, diarrhoea, cold sores and tension headaches and certain conditions such as asthma, sinusitis and allergic reactions can also be aggravated by stress.
 Pharmacists have issued some simple tips to help students manage minor ailments associated with exam stress to help them get through exam time.
 Bernard Duggan, a pharmacist and Honorary Treasurer of the IPU, said,“The problems parents are talking to us about are quite varied in nature and quite different in the level of severity of symptoms ranging from regular tension headaches, stomach problems, interruption in sleep patterns to more severe anxiety. When stress takes hold, students under pressure are more prone to cold sores and other minor ailments, which can be upsetting for both parents ….

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