7 Things To Do When You’re Allergic To Your Office

businessman sitting in office with hand on head(BlackDoctor.org) — Sitting at a desk for eight hours a day is hard enough. Who needs the added stress of sniffling and reaching for a tissue every five minutes? Are your allergies worse at work than anywhere else? If so, the copy machine toner or chemicals used at your job may be the culprit. In fact, there are many products in today’s workplaces that might cause allergic reactions.

Most of the things that pollute the air indoors and could trigger allergy symptoms in an office come from adhesives, carpeting, upholstery, manufactured wood products, copy machine chemicals, pesticides and cleaning agents. These things can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which have been known to trigger allergy symptoms.

Although these irritants may cause allergy-like reactions, the symptoms may actually be due to something called chemical sensitivity, which is not a true allergy. Actual allergies cause the immune system of an allergic person to react, whereas irritants or chemicals can simply aggravate the respiratory tracts of some people without triggering an immune system reaction. People who also have true allergies to other substances may experience both allergies and chemical sensitivities.

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