Do you work outdoors in the Spring or Autumn months and struggle with seasonal allergies? If so, we can relate! When you’re working outdoors, it’s hard to take care of ourselves while tending to your professional duties. Though having an allergy can make life difficult at times, there are ways you can manage your symptoms while still staying productive on the job site. We want to ensure that allergies don’t become a hindrance when working outdoors, which is why we’ve compiled some tips for managing them during the workday - let's get started!
Know the symptoms of your allergies and how to recognize them
Spring allergies can be incredibly disruptive to your work, especially if you're working outdoors on a construction site. It's important to be aware of the symptoms of your allergies and how to recognize them so you can take precautions in order to keep yourself safe. Symptoms of allergies include itchy eyes and skin, sneezing, runny nose, and an irritated throat causing coughing. Pay attention to these common signs when you think you may have been exposed to an allergen such as tree or grass pollen. Knowing what triggers your allergic reactions and being able to recognize the symptoms will allow you to take steps early on such as getting an over-the-counter antihistamine or using an inhaler before things get worse.
Wear protective equipment to keep your eyes and mouth safe from exposure to pollen and other allergens
To keep your eyes and mouth safe from the sneezing, itchy eyes, and other discomforts of allergies while you're on-site, make sure to wear protective eyewear and a dust mask. Doing this can help you avoid touching your eyes after coming in contact with pollen, as well as breathing in something that could cause an allergic reaction. Fortunately for those on a construction site, long sleeves, boots and heavy gloves will also prevent allergens from being carried on your skin or day-to-day clothing, adding extra protection.
Take a shower and change your clothing after every shift
Good hygiene is key for managing your Spring allergies when you are working outdoors, especially in the construction industry. Taking a shower, washing your hair and changing your clothing immediately after each shift is one of the most important things you can do. While that may seem like a hassle, it's vital to reduce the amount of allergen-filled particles entering your home from the job site. Not only will this significantly help manage your symptoms, but it can protect you from the more mundane occupational hazards like dust and dirt that accumulate on your body during work hours. A few extra minutes spent in the shower each day is well worth the effort!
Carry antihistamines and decongestants with you in case of emergency reactions
Allergies are unpredictable, so it's good to be prepared when you're outdoors. Carrying antihistamines and decongestants with you can help save time and suffering in the event of an emergency reaction while working outdoors on a construction site. These medications can provide short-term relief from sneezing, itching, runny nose, and/or congestion to get you back up and running again. Just make sure to follow the directions of your healthcare provider when consuming these medicines!
Schedule regular breaks away from the work site during peak allergen times
Managing Spring allergies while working outdoors can be a challenge, even if you're as prepared as can be. Taking regular breaks away from the work site during peak allergen times can help reduce symptoms and keep you productive on the job. It's best to take breaks around midday when pollen counts are higher, but depending on what outdoor substances you're allergic to, these times may change. Try to go somewhere with fewer tree and grass pollens for relief during your breaks. Also, don't be afraid to speak with your boss about it; they may be able to reschedule you on particularly rough days or find work for you that has less allergen exposure!
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Suffering from Spring allergies can be a real challenge, especially if you work outdoors. However, with the right knowledge and precautions, you can still do your job efficiently and safely. Just remember these tips:
- Learn how to recognize the symptoms of your allergies and understand how to protect yourself from exposure
- Wear an appropriate face mask and glasses while at work
- Shower after every shift
- Carry medications in case of emergency reactions
- Schedule regular breaks during peak allergen times to help prevent flare-ups.
Once you're prepared to get your Spring work started allergy-free, you will probably want some heavy equipment that is up to the task. If you're looking for great quality and reliable heavy equipment rentals, contact JAPA today! We offer top-quality machines for rental or purchase, repair and maintenance service, and we sell parts! So if you need anything related to the job, let us know!