In a new monthly blog series, the human resources experts at MedHQ will share tips, best practices, and strategies for maintaining a happy, healthy workforce. In this edition, our team tackles seasonal allergies including symptoms, prevention, treatment, and staying productive at work.
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Allergies may contribute to feeling unproductive and uncomfortable, especially at work. Depending on what part of the country you live in, spring allergies can start as early as February and last until early summer. Per the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a mild winter can cause plants to pollinate early and a rainy spring can cause plants and mold to grow, causing allergy symptoms to blossom as well. Symptoms such as sneezing, sinus congestion, and eye irritation can disrupt workplace productivity, and compromise sanitation.
The top six tips for preventing, managing, and treating your seasonal allergies to help you stay productive at work include:
- Keep windows and doors closed during allergy season
- Install a good air filter at home
- Avoid mowing the lawn or raking leaves as much as possible
- Diagnose and repair any moisture problems in your home
- Use dust-proof covers on your mattress and pillows
- Keep your pet out of the bedroom at night
Allergies will affect everyone differently. Depending on the severity of your allergies, some medical treatment options are: over-the-counter antihistamine medications, nasal sprays, and sinus decongestants. Actively using the medications, and engaging in the tips above will help improve comfort and maintain productivity.
Be aware of work-related factors that can be difficult to avoid regardless of the season. Stress doesn’t cause allergies, but it can make your allergies worse. Allergy medications can also contribute to fatigue. If taking allergy medication while at work, be sure to take a non-drowsy medication to stay alert. Again, be sure to talk to your doctor to determine the medication that’s best for you.
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