I sneezed on the CEO!

There are only so many sick days we can take per year. That’s why hayfever sufferers are forced to go to work with a red nose and puffy eyes.

For people with severe seasonal hayfever this can mean hell in the event of a meeting when you’re trying not to sniffle or sneeze on the CEO!

It sounds ridiculous, but there are days when hayfever symptoms are so severe that people can’t go to work, many people also mistake hayfever for a severe cold or flu.

“When I suffer hayfever it makes it very difficult to concentrate and overtakes my day: at first when the symptoms appeared I thought I was coming down with a cold/flu and so would take a day off work to rest up, only to find that the following day (the day I’d take off from work) the symptoms had abated.” – Sebastian, 35 years old, from Bondi Junction NSW.

Some workplaces don’t take their hayfever sufferers seriously.  But with 1 in 5 people suffering from hayfever in Australia and New Zealand it is not a disease to be sneezed at.

It’s no surprise that 50,000 sick days a year are caused by hayfever in Australia.

A study by Meda Pharmaceuticals revealed 68% of people said hayfever affected their ability to think straight and concentrate, whilst 39% said it affected their ability to interact with others in the workplace.

But that wasn’t the only bad news to come out of the study: 1 in 4 people were unsatisfied with their current treatment whilst some people aren’t being treated at all.

With Spring kicking off there will be warmer, sunnier weather ahead with higher pollen predictions.

This means it’s time to prepare! For those of you who don’t want to show up to work with embarrassing symptoms, make a lifestyle change and start taking hayfever seriously.

It may be a good idea to start checking the pollen count on a daily basis, and to eliminate triggers from your home and at work. But if you really want to beat hayfever once and for all, visit your local GP who can recommend the best treatment for you.

(Flickr photography by Proflowers)