Ditching Duties: Pollen Takes a Toll on Everybody

office worker suffering from allergies

Sneezes Are Expensive

Pollen allergies cause more problems than a sneeze and irritated eyes. even though the relationship between health problems and employment are complex, here are a few considerations.

Allergies to pollen and hay fever cost productivity and attendance at work.

Hay Fever and Psychiatric Risk

According to Medical News Today, Dr. Nian-Sheng Tzeng from Taiwan conducted a study involving over 180,000 people. He saw correlations between allergies and anxiety. A separate Danish study concluded that young allergy sufferers had more behavioral problems as well. Part of the connection could be that an allergy symptom is a form of inflammation, and inflammation has connections to deeper health problems.

It probably doesn’t help that someone having an allergic response to pollen or other substances may not be resting very well either, and good rest is critical to mental and emotional health.

Pollen Allergy and Sleep

Americans are working more hours per week than ever before, so it stands to reason that they may be tired. “Tired,” though, is different from “fatigue.” Fatigue can be a symptom of stress and can make it hard to concentrate. Fatigued people may also feel anxiety and depression. Allergy symptoms impair breathing, comfort and sleep.

Seasonal Allergies & Work Performance

Sleepy people with inflamed sinuses and irritated eyes may seem less attentive, engaged and enthusiastic about their work. They may feel like they need more frequent breaks. Performance on the job decreases and they are more susceptible to stress.

Better Pollen Data Helps

When someone is able to understand what is in their air, they may be able to avoid high concentrations by adjusting their schedules. Most pollen information that is currently broadcast or available on an app is really based on yesterday’s average pollen level. New technology that samples air continuously, examines every few minutes and provides hourly averages is already reporting to Pollen Wise, a mobile app.