Updated 16 July 2015

Allergies worse at work?

Recent research has shown that a staggering 3.6 million South African office workers could be experiencing increased allergy symptoms in the workplace, affecting our performance, sense of well-being and overall happiness.

The most reported allergy symptoms are: a blocked or stuffy nose (62%), headache (61%), runny nose (54%), unexplained fatigue (52%), itchy or watery eyes (52%), dry throat (37%) and breathing difficulties (16%).

Causes of workplace allergens:

  Mould growing on pot plants
  Dust mites in carpets, curtains and books
  Colleagues who live with pets or in high pollen areas
  Perfumes and air fresheners
  Dirty air conditioning units

See how you can mitigate your symptoms.


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