(Closed) Allergy only at Work!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Does anyone near you wear a lot of perfume/cologne or scented lotions? Those can cause pretty extreme reactions in people.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It could be any number of things. As PP said, it could be someone’s perfume. I have problems with that, especially when I’m in a cube versus a private office. Darling Husband gets wheezy when he is too close to the large officer printer/copier and he thinks it is from the copier dust. If your office has an independent night crew that cleans the place, it could be their cleaning methods/supplies too, or simply that when they vaccuum, they stir up dust and dander that gets onto your desk/work area.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsPinkPeony:  You could leave a note on your desk asking the cleaning crew not to clean your area. If you’re wiping it down with clorox anyway there’s not really any point for them to clean. Leave your garbage can and recycling bin outside of your cubicle for them to collect.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

Hmm, maybe you could get some of those disposable Swiffer duster things?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Do you have any vents around you that may be blowing dust/debris?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If that doesn’t work and it keeps up you may want to go to the doctor. I’m not sure an allergy test would help since you don’t seem to have an allergy to the most common things which are what they test for but the doctor may know of something that could help you deal with the symptoms. You’d be surprised at some of the non-traditional things they can come up with as long as you have a doctor willing to think outside the box.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You can always request air quality testing to see if there is anything in the air that is acting as an irritant.  You’re company has to comply with the request and they can hire someone to do the sampling and analysis.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It might be the hot/cold air vents. Most of these things in building are FILTHY beyond beleif, and the mold/dust spores are floating around for people to inhale. Ask HR or someone if they could be tested/cleaned. Also ask for air quality testing. There could be leaks in the roof or something that is causing mold to grow.

Is it possible for you to buy a small, 1 room air purifier? I think you can get one for $25 or $50.

In the meantime, go to your doctor or allergist and see if there’s anything you CAN take in order to control your symptoms.

 

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