Not only does spring bring a break from the cold of winter, it also brings pollen. For the flowers, bees, and gardeners pollen is a welcome sight. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies the spring pollen can be very difficult to manage.
Unfortunately, staying inside with your air filters and antihistamines is not an option for everyone, so how can you manage your seasonal allergies when you’re at work?
Here are some tips:
As if seasonal allergies to pollen aren’t enough, there might be allergens in your workplace that are exacerbating an already difficult situation. Try to keep your workspace dust free and surfaces wiped down.
Use a HEPA filter at your desk to purify the air in your area. This can help to reduce the amount of allergens in the air immediately surrounding your desk
Talk with your supervisor about asking the cleaning service to change air filters on a regular basis. The air filters have a big impact on the overall purity and quality of the indoor air in your workplace. Changing or washing them regularly will help to reduce the amount of allergens in the air.
Ask your supervisor to consider having a maintenance check of the air conditioning system. Dust mites, pollutants, allergens, and bacteria can build-up inside of the air conditioning system and then when it is turned on and blows air, all of the build-up blows into the air and contaminates the indoor air
Taking allergy medicine can leave you tired and unfocused. Try using nasal sprays and eye drops before you resort to an oral antihistamine. Nasal steroids can reduce inflammation while eye drops can help relieve itchy eyes. You also might consider an allergy shot.
If there is a smoking area at your building, avoid walking near it. Second hand smoke can severely irritate the already sensitive skin of your nasal passages
Seasonal allergies are a difficult condition to manage, especially because sitting inside of your house all day waiting for spring to pass is not an option. There are bills to pay and deadlines to meet. Follow these helpful tips for managing your seasonal allergies.