Allergies? Say NO to these Jobs

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:

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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.

4. Housekeeping

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.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.