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Prevent exam stress from impacting your health

Pharmacists offer advice on managing stress for students and parents

Ahead of the State examinations, which begin next week, pharmacists are today offering advice on how to manage exam stress to prevent it having a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of exam students.

Over 115,000 students will sit either the Junior or Leaving Certificate next week. According to Caitriona O’ Riordan, a member of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) Executive Committee, “Stressed and tired exam students can experience stomach upsets, diarrhoea, cold sores and tension headaches. Students with conditions such as asthma, sinusitis and allergic reactions can find those aggravated at exam time.

“The last thing any student or parent wants is for a bout of ill-health to affect last-minute revision or exam performance and pharmacists are frequently asked for advice from concerned parents on how to help their children to mind their health at exam time. It is hard to avoid stress altogether but if any student or their parent is concerned about a stress-related minor ailment during exam time, they can ask their pharmacist for advice,” said Ms O’ Riordan.

Exam Stress Minor Ailments Advice from Pharmacists