Did you know that in the UK around 1 in 4 of us will suffer from some form of allergy during our lifetime – that’s a lot of us! For those who have to live with an allergy, it can be a nuisance, but symptoms are mild and can be largely kept under control. For others it can be very frightening and, in some cases, debilitating whilst restricting lifestyle and a burden to live with.
Substances that cause allergic reactions are called allergens and adults can develop an allergy to something at any time even though they were not previously allergic to it.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction
An allergic reaction usually occurs quickly after exposure to an allergen. The symptoms can include:
Most allergy sufferers know how to avoid their triggers when at home. But at work this is much more difficult because they have less control of the location of their workstation, the ventilation system, the humidity and temperature of the environment they work in and in some cases the materials used to do their job. It is very important to be more aware of allergy triggers around them at work.
A 2012 study by Allergy UK looked at the office environment and how it affected workers, particularly those with an allergy. Many said they had had an allergic reaction in the workplace. These included runny or block nose, itchy, watery or other eye conditions, dry or tickly throats, breathing difficulties, tiredness, headaches and skin irritations.
According to Allergy UK the key allergens found in an office are dust mites, pollens, and moulds. Being trapped in office buildings, as well as in carpeted floors and cluttered desks, these allergens are very common but also invisible.
Tips to reduce allergens in the workplace
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