08 Aug 2018



Teaching is not only one of the most vocally-demanding professions in the world but it is also one of the most health-compromising because of the mental pressure and physical strain it causes.

So what are these common ailments teachers get for their unadulterated love for teaching?

Viral Diseases

Teachers easily contract viral diseases because they are always in a room full of different people within close range and the assortment of diseases can range from a simple cold to chicken pox. Here are the ones on top of our list:

1. Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways between the windpipe and the lungs.

There are 2 types of Bronchitis:

Acute bronchitis is usually acquired after a virus has invaded the upper respiratory tract. Common viruses that can trigger acute bronchitis are those responsible for influenza (the flu) or the common cold. The germs that cause measles and whooping cough can also cause acute bronchitis.
If Acute Bronchitis will be left untreated, it may lead to Chronic Bronchitis which is a mucus-producing cough that lasts for at least 3 months in 2 consecutive years.

2. Conjunctivitis/Pink Eye

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is the inflammation of the conjunctiva or the thin, clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye, or sclera.

The inflammation makes blood vessels more visible, giving the eye a pink or reddish appearance.

The bacteria or virus can be contracted through direct exposure to irritants.

Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate that you have conjunctivitis:

– Swelling of the conjunctiva
– Itching or burning sensation of the eyes
– Feeling like there is something inside your eye
– Sensitivity to bright light
– Enlargement and/or tenderness of the lymph node in front of the ear. This enlargement may feel like a small lump when touched.
3. Rhinopharyngitis/The Common Cold
Rhinopharyngitis or a common cold is one of the most common infectious diseases that is acquired by teachers and is defined as an inflammatory disorder that affects the nasopharynx. It is mainly viral and may improve within 7-10 days of time.
Some of the common symptoms of the common cold are:
– Sneezing
– Runny and blocked nose
– Inflamed throat
– Headache
– Difficulty in breathing
– Fever
Stress-related Disorders
One of the most common complaints teachers make is that they are stressed out. Juggling administrators’ demands, paperwork, data-keeping, meetings, implementing student interventions, and of course, preparing lessons and teaching, takes its toll on teachers’ bodies. Stress can cause a number of physical and emotional disorders like:

– lethargy
– depression
– exhaustion
– migraines and headaches
– high or low blood pressure
– muscle pains

Are you a teacher who has experienced any of these ailments? Write your story in the comments below.

References: https://nei.nih.gov/health/pinkeye/pink_facts, https://www.medeguru.com/resp…/rhinopharyngitis-common-cold/, https://logicroots.com/…/5-health-hazards-of-being-a-teach…/,

Research by: Joyzee Ranara

Writer: Joyzee Ranara

Editor: Radge Cabral

Producer: Dr. Carl Balita