Are you allergic to work environment?
employment: Suffering with a headache or runny nose in the office does not always mean you have been staring at the computer too long, or are getting a cold.
It may be the work environment that is making you ill.
The charity Allergy UK estimates that about 5.7 million people could be allergic to their workplace, after its research found that 95 per cent of office workers questioned suffered from a multitude of health problems caused by their office environment.
Nearly all of the workers, who were primarily allergy sufferers, had one or more symptoms including headaches, nasal problems, eye conditions, dry throats, breathing difficulties, lethargy and skin irritations in the office.
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More than a quarter (27 per cent) said their symptoms got worse in the office, with 62 per cent having experienced itchy or watery eyes, and 27 per cent having had breathing difficulties in their office over the past year.
Allergy UK suggests such symptoms may be caused by allergic reactions to dust and plant spores in the office, and even pet allergens brought in on colleagues' clothes.