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.
Using your lunch break as a chance to rest your eyes? (Yes, it's a thing.) An allergen barrier pillow can make a power nap at work that much more useful — you won't have to worry about dust accumulating on it.
This facial spray doesn't make any allergy-related claims, but the calming scents will help you stay calm when you feel like you'll never have clear nasal passages ever again. Plus, it's refreshing as heck.
Dust and pollen particles can make allergies worse, which is why your symptoms don't always subside even once you're safely inside. An air purifier can help clean the air around you and potentially lessen the severity of your symptoms.
Essential oils have been shown to help with some allergies, although not all essential oils are safe (and some can worsen symptoms). Research before you buy, and look for an allergy relief roller if you decide to pull the trigger.
Itchy eyes are one of the unfortunate side effects of allergies, and when you're staring at a computer all day, they may feel even more irritated. This sleep mask can covertly help you give your eyes a break.
If you're running into a meeting or you want to grab coffee, you won't want to lug around your requisite box of tissues. That's where pocket packs come in — you'll be able to blow your nose without making it obvious that you feel miserable.