Hayfever: the office culprit strikes again!

You’ve just finished cleaning your house and car. You think you are safe, but then hayfever strikes in the place where you are more often than anywhere else.

That’s right, hayfever has decided to haunt you at work too. This is incredibly inconvenient because let’s face it, you need to pay the bills and if you don’t perform at your job, you won’t be able to.

A study by Meda Pharmaceuticals has confirmed that hayfever does have an impact on productivity at work. These were the findings:

  • 68% said it affected their ability to concentrate.
  • 39% said it impacted their ability to interact with others.
  • 20% said it affected their ability to meet deadlines.
  • 15% said it caused them to arrive late and leave early.
  • 13% said it caused them to avoid meetings.

The first step to eliminating the triggers is finding them first. The triggers in your office space may vary depending on the environment. But if you work in the city, in a large building it’s likely the windows are never open. This may be good for those who are allergic to triggers like pollen. However, it doesn’t save you from those nasty culprits like dust!

It also means that when the air conditioning is on, the triggers will simply circulate in the room and could irritate you further, rather than flow out of the office – which could be possible if you had open windows. Only air conditioners with a HEPA filter (high-efficiency particulate air) can eliminate triggers.

Unfortunately, dust isn’t the only culprit that could be lurking about. Pet dander and pollen can catch onto people’s hair, skin, and clothes and be brought into the office space.

If you want to avoid a blocked or runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes, so that you can get back to work, here’s what you should consider:

  • Wipe your desk using a proper cleaning cloth and a more natural cleaning solution like eucalyptus oil and water mixed.
  • After work or during your lunch break consider giving the floor space near your desk a quick vacuum. Make sure the vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter.
  • Consider buying an air purifier and place it on your desk or in the corner of the room (if it is close to you).

If you continue to experience hayfever symptoms at work you should consult your doctor who will be able to find out which triggers have been bothering you, and can also recommend the right treatment for you.