For many people, warmer weather is a chance to soak up some rays and enjoy the outdoors. However, it also means hay fever season has arrived. Sufferers rarely escape the nasty effects caused by pollen between late March and September.
According to a recent study, some 40% of sufferers find it difficult to do their jobs due to the itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezing, coughing, and other symptoms of hay fever. One in five hay fever sufferers have even taken time off work to better manage these symptoms at home.
Poorly maintained offices are already known to directly impact employee productivity. The average office can also be a difficult environment for those allergic to pollen. Without the right air conditioning and ventilation, offices can be stuffy and can quickly become breeding grounds for contaminants. Unfortunately, there isn’t a wonder cure for hay fever. There are, however, a number of ways that you can manage hay fever symptoms, even if you spend much of the working week chained to your desk.
Talk to your pharmacist
There are many great treatments available to help hay fever sufferers manage their symptoms. Speaking to your pharmacist about which course of treatment is right for you is recommended. In addition to the popular antihistamines purchased over the counter, decongestant nasal sprays and eye drops can provide effective treatment, unblocking noses and relieving itchy eyes. If you find OTC treatments ineffective, don’t be afraid to approach your GP to explore prescription medicine options. Steroid tablets and immunotherapy are generally effective for those with severe hay fever and asthma.
Rethink your ventilation
Experts advise hay fever sufferers to stay indoors as much as possible to prevent the triggering of symptoms. Windows and doors should also remain closed to stop the spread of pollen from outside. But how can the office remain cool and comfortable without a bit of fresh air?
As a leading provider of office air conditioning, we work with employers to create the perfect work environment for all seasons, including the hot, stuffy and pollen-saturated spring and summer months. The high-quality air conditioning products we fit provide excellent and consistent cooling without the need for opening windows and doors. With periodic maintenance and repair, our air conditioners also prevent the spread of bacteria, mould, and contaminants for a healthier and happier workplace all round.
Change your routine
Keep a close eye on daily pollen forecasts to ensure your symptoms can be managed accordingly. On high pollen days, you may need to take extra precautions to prevent the presence of pollen from slowing you down, as described by WebMD:
“If pollen counts are supposed to be particularly high on a given day, you can play it safe by staying inside. In general, pollen counts are highest on warm and breezy mornings and low on cool and rainy days. You should also pay attention to the levels of ozone and other pollutants, since they’re common irritants for people with allergies. Exhaust from cars and trucks can also cause problems for people with allergies, especially if you live in a city or exercise along a busy road.”
It’s not just on your way to work where your routine should be adapted. Packing extra supplies to manage symptoms once you arrive is important. As well as your medication, take along some Vaseline, which can be placed around the nostrils to trap pollen and prevent it from entering your system. If you want to be outdoors during your lunch break, try not to walk on grass and avoid contact with fresh flowers. Accessorise with some wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen from entering your eyes.