Professions Susceptible To Allergic RhinitisWhich professional environments can lead to the development of work-related allergic rhinitis?
Which Professions Are Susceptible To Allergic Rhinitis?
Anyone who works in an environment where allergens are present is potentially at risk of developing Allergic Rhinitis, however there are a few professions which find themselves at higher risk than others.
Bakers / food production workers
Flour dust is a prevalent allergen and so anyone who works in environments where this can be found is potentially at risk of developing or exacerbating an allergy.
Carpenters, Joiners and sawmill workers – the tiny particles of wood that are created when it is sawn, milled or sanded can easily become airborne and reach the lungs of workers nearby.
Doctors, Dentists and other healthcare professionals – the dust that is commonly found in the latex gloves that are provided to protect against other potential dangers can often cause issues of their own, with latex allergy being one of the most common allergies within the workplace.
Agricultural and Horticultural workers – plant pollens and dust from plants are commonly associated with allergies, and so those who work with plants; whether dealing with tonnes at a time such as farmers, or even in smaller quantities such as gardeners or even florists, are at a higher risk than some others.
Veterinary surgeons, veterinary assistants and workers who deal with animals – the dander (tiny flakes of skin, urine and faeces) are a common cause of allergy and so those who work with animals of any type increase their risk of developing allergies.
Paint and chemical workers – there are certain chemicals that have been shown to increase the risk of allergies and so anyone who is frequently in contact with these potentially dangerous particles can find themselves at a higher risk than some others.
Hairdressers and beauticians – in these professions there are a range of chemicals that can produce vapours which, while not directly responsible for allergies, can trigger allergic attacks. Perfumes, shampoos, hair-dyes and strong soaps can all elicit responses among sufferers.
Catering and hospitality – cigarette smoke can exacerbate any allergy symptoms and so an additional benefit of the banning of smoking in public places has been to reduce these issues. However, hospitality jobs such as house-keeping, and cleaning both run the risk of exposure to dust, dust mites and some chemicals that have been shown to trigger attacks. In addition, kitchen jobs have the risk of exposing workers to potentially hazardous particles and vapours which might trigger an attack response.
Construction workers – as well as building things, quite often those who work in the construction industry can be involved in the renovation, re-modelling or demolition of structures, and in these situations it is common for large quantities of dust to be created. This dust can contain a huge range of potential allergens and so people working in this industry have been found to be at an increased risk of developing allergies.
Those working in engineering may be exposed to materials and substances associated with a risk of allergies.
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