Updated 14 October 2015

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Do your allergies flare up as soon as you step into the office?

Check that carpets are vacuumed regularly and that air filters are changed regularly. If there are plants in the office, ensure they don't produce pollen and that the topsoil is changed often.

NASA scientists have found that certain common indoor plants, such as Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifritzii), Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) and Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) absorb potentially harmful gases and pollutants, such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichlorethylene from the air inside modern buildings.

If you suspect these factors are contributing to your allergies, raise the issue with your HR department who will contact building management to run a check.

Read more on allergies in the workplace.

Visit our Allergy Centre to learn more about hay fever and other allergies.

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