Are you allergic to your job? It is quite possibly that simply going to work everyday is causing your allergies to flare out of control. Sneezing, itchy eyes or nose, nasal congestion, fatigue and runny nose are some of the most common symptoms of allergies.
What are the most common workplace allergens?
The most common workplace allergens include mold, dust mites, animal dander and dust. Irritants like cigarette smoke, perfumes, cleaners, chemicals and fumes can also trigger allergy symptoms. Some of these allergens are brought into the workplace on others clothing and are out of your control.
How can I control my allergies?
The simplest way to improve allergies is to avoid the allergen all together. However, if they are in your workplace they may be unavoidable. Proper workplace ventilation, cleaning dust off equipment regularly and temperature control can help limit allergens.
In office allergy testing offered by TENTs can be helpful in identifying what you are truly allergic to rather than simply guess. Individuals often think they are allergic to pollen or grasses, but to their surprise all those things can return negative just to be found positive to indoor allergens.
Nasal saline rinses are a great way to cleanse the nose of allergens that may otherwise cause all day irritation if they can stay in the nose. Nasal steroids sprays like Flonase or Rhinocort have also been found in studies to control allergies better than common allergy medications like Claritin or Zyrtec. Over the counter allergy medication (Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, etc.) can still provide relief in conjunction with a good nasal regimen.
If you are unable to control your allergies with medical treatment, allergy drops under the tongue or allergy shots may give you control over your allergies.