14 Things All People With Allergies Should Have On Their Desk

A chic tissue box cover in marble and portable air purifier for people with allergies
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Remember the days we got summers off from school and had no responsibilities? Me neither. Unfortunately, the majority of adults are stuck working over summer break, even though seasonal allergy sufferers are still dealing with awful symptoms. Although we usually think of hay fever as a spring annoyance, seasonal allergies last from spring all the way through fall. When you're stuck at a desk all day while feeling stuffy and fatigued, or sneezing uncontrollably, life is probably pretty miserable. Thankfully, there are things you can do to make it better. Talking to an allergist about treatment options is a good idea. But once you've gotten that squared away, you can keep things that help with allergies right at your desk, you know, just in case.

Having a cold at work is bad enough, but the symptoms usually pass in a matter of days, and you might be able to finagle a sick day out of it. Depending on the severity of your allergies, you could be stuck sniffling for most of the year — and there likely aren't enough sick days to cover all of the time you want to stay curled up in bed. You can keep track of how much pollen is in the air, but if you're stuck behind a desk and need products that will help, look no further.


There aren't many upsides to allergies, but an excuse to overhaul your desk is always a good thing. And remember — if your symptoms are worsening, it's a good idea to talk to a medical professional.