Allergies affect the quality of life, and they can also affect the quality of your job. Allergens-elements that trigger allergies – might lurk in various workplaces. Here are some jobs you may want to avoid if you have allergies:
1. Veterinary or any Animal-Related Profession
Most of us love animals, but that’s not enough to keep symptoms at bay if we have pet allergies. Pollen, dust, and dander (dead skin flecks) can be trapped in the coats of furry friends, and even short-haired animals still carry enough dander to stir up allergy symptoms. (Note that there are no truly allergen-free dogs or cats!)
HEPA filters in the workplace can help. So, too, can frequent hand washing, but these efforts may not be enough to keep you feeling good.
2. Landscaping, Gardening or Plant-Related
If you’re working outside, beware of airborne grass, tree and weed pollens. Molds, too, can lurk in soil, on leaves and in compost piles. If you do work outside, long sleeves, a mask, and gloves can help, but they will probably not be enough to protect you from airborne pollens and mold spores.
3. Spa or Salon
Pollen is not the enemy here. It’s the chemical sprays and fumes used by spas and salons that can trigger allergy symptoms such as allergic rhinitis, coughing, or wheezing. Some specific products to avoid are hairsprays, strong soaps, and perfumes.
Molds can bound in bathrooms. Dust can congregate in bedding or on carpeted floors. Cleaning can stir them up and make you feel miserable. If allergies are interfering with your job (or keeping you from a job you really want), consider sublingual immunotherapy (allergy oral drops). It works like allergy shots, but is taken as under-the-tongue drops that absorb
into the bloodstream. Unlike shots, the drops don’t need to be taken at the doctor’s office (no need to take time off of work for allergy shots!) They can be taken at home or on the go. Contact AllergyEasy to find a clinic in your area that specializes in sublingual immunotherapy.