Have you ever dozed off in the middle of a meeting during your working hours because of allergy symptoms?
Managing allergies at work can be quite a tough and tedious task for you, particularly if you have severe allergic symptoms.
Many allergy experts believe that allergies are the second most common reasons for majority of the adults to miss their professional related work.
It has been estimated that an average employee with allergies misses almost one hour every week because of the existing irritating allergy symptoms.
So, it is very important for every one with allergies to educate themselves on how to manage their allergies during their working hours in turn to give their very best at work.
Allergy triggers at workplace
- Chemicals that are present in rugs, wallpaper, paint, upholstered furniture and cigarettes as well could trigger allergy symptoms like sneezing, sore nasal passage, watery eyes and irritated throat as well.
- Poor air quality is a result of poor ventilation and toxic gases, which often prowl around computers and desks that will lead to respiratory illness.
- Powdered latex gloves that are often used by cafeteria workers, health care professionals also causes severe allergy symptoms.
- Room fresheners that are used in offices or specific perfumes are the most common fragrants that triggers to develop sneezing and headaches for people with allergies that would react to those chemicals.
- People who are working in beauty salons are at a high risk rate of being exposed to chemicals like hair dyes and nail polish removers that can highly trigger allergy symptoms.
Dealing with allergies at work
- Identify your source of allergies: This is the first step that you have to take in order to deal with your allergies at work. Discover and identify the sources, materials and chemicals that trigger your allergy and try to avoid being in contact within the subject radius that is causing your allergy as much as possible.
- Wash your hands several times: Adopting this attitude can help you to maintain proper hygiene and also work effective to prevent allergies from reaching your sensitive areas like nose or mouth through your hands.
- Keep your desk clean: Don’t collect clutter and dust near or around your desk, keep your piles of files, books and papers properly and do not be oblivious to clean your desk regularly. Always use a damp cloth to clean your desk as it will act like a magnet, forcefully removing dust and bacteria on your desk.
- Ask to remove or replace carpets: If your workplace or cubicle includes any carpets, ask to have it removed or at least replaced every 6 months to stay out of potential allergy symptoms that may arise from exposure to the carpet chemicals and dust mites.
- Plan your office schedule carefully: Consider checking forecast for high pollen count and plan your office schedule accordingly.