Sneezing, wheezing, and runny eyes from allergies can make it tough to get through the workday, causing lost focus and productivity. The American Academy of Asthma and Immunology says 10 to 30 percent of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal airways caused by breathing in allergens).
According to Dr. James Sublett, an allergy specialist at the Family Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Louisville, KY, "Allergies are among the top three reasons people miss work and can have a significant effect on productivity."
Dust mites, pollen, and mould are common and invisible allergy triggers in the workplace. These allergens can get trapped in tightly insulated and poorly ventilated office buildings. For some jobs, there can also be environmental triggers such as fumes that cause dizziness and make it hard to breathe.
For some, cleaning may actually aggravate asthma and other allergy symptoms. Harsh chemicals used in some products may trigger asthma symptoms or allergies. Also, dust that is disturbed when cleaning can make the process a nightmare.
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