Be greater than your allergies
5 WORST JOBS FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS
AND TIPS FOR MAKING THEM WORK
Itchy, watery eyes? Nasal congestion? A whole lot of sneezing going on? Allergies can bring a bit of chaos into our lives. But when your livelihood exacerbates your symptoms, every day can be quite a challenge. Luckily, there are some ways to ease allergy discomfort on the job.
Pruning shrubs, mowing the lawn, trimming trees during the height of the day in the middle of June—these job details can expose you to greater than average pollen levels.1 Always wear a hat, glasses, gloves, a long-sleeve shirt, and never touch your eyes while using your green thumb. Doing so will reduce your contact with pollen. And when the pollen count is particularly high, consider wearing a NIOSH-approved facemask, which filters at least 95% of airborne particles.2
1. ACAAI. Double Duty Spring Cleaning Keep Healthy and Tidy. http://acaai.org/news/double-duty-spring-cleaning-keep-healthy-and-tidy. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
2. Gardening with Allergies. (2005). http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9⊂=19&cont=470 Retrieved May 8, 2015.
Pet dander and saliva can trigger allergies for holders of this dog-loving post. Contrary to popular belief, the length or type of a dog’s fur doesn’t affect allergies. However, it will be hard to avoid fur from finding its way onto your clothes. One suggestion is to set aside a “dog walker uniform” and keep it separate from the rest of your wardrobe.1
1. ASPCA. Are You Allergic To Your Pet? https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/are-you-allergic-your-pet. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
If the indoor humidity is over 60%, or if your house has poor insulation, there’s a good chance mold can be growing: in the carpet, in showers with soap-coated grout, and in other damp areas like kitchens and basements. To limit exposure to this mold, wear long rubber gloves, safety goggles, and a mask.1
1. Mayo Clinic. Mold Allergy. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mold-allergy/basics/risk-factors/con-20025806 Retrieved May 14, 2015.
All day long, floral designers cut and arrange flowers and greenery for decorative display. Yet “only florists, gardeners, and others who have close contact with flowers over a long period of time are likely to be sensitive to pollen” from colorful and scented flowers like roses, says the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Therefore, it’s important that florists protect themselves against this occupational hazard by wearing gloves, goggles, and avoid touching their eyes when making a pretty wedding bouquet.1
1. ACAAI. Home Allergy Management. http://acaai.org/resources/tools/home-allergy-management. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
Dust mites can hide in blinds, carpets, air ducts, and in hard to reach places behind computers. Office environments don’t always get the TLC they deserve and colleagues can trek in more allergens by way of pet dander and pollen. However, you can improve these working conditions with a portable air purifier, which typically has a built in HEPA filter to trap allergens.1,2
1. NIAID Health Info. Pollen Allergy Fact Sheet http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/allergicDiseases/Documents/PollenAllergyFactSheet.pdf Retrieved May 14, 2015.
2. ACAAI. Dust Allergy. http://acaai.org/allergies/types/dust-allergy Retrieved May 1, 2015