Occupational Allergy is caused by exposure to allergens at work. This often involves a respiratory or contact allergy. This can occur in a number of professional fields. Below are some examples of occupational allergy.
Bakers may develop an allergy reaction by inhaling flour dust. Because of this, allergic reactions in the airways, causing symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath. This is called baker’s asthma. Baker eczema is also possible. This may be caused by the contact with flour, milk, enzymes, spices, salts and acids. Also reguarly washing the hands with soap and water can be a cause.
Gardeners come often in contact with pollen, which can cause an occupational allergy. In the Netherlands, especially capsicum pollen causes these allergies. Also, pollen and mites in greenhouses can be a cause. Often creates breathing problems, skin problems and eye problems.
Hairdressers Eczema is a common example of an occupational allergy. This is due to the many contacts with water, shampoos, hair dye and chemical liquids. It also sometimes happens by wearing latex gloves during the work. By washing and drying the hair the hands are exposed to varying temperatures, which can also cause irritation. All these things can lead together to severe eczema on the hands, but also on the arms and face.
Zoo keeper are common in contact with hair, saliva or urine of animals, causing allergic reactions may occur. Usually there mainly commented on dogs and cats, but also hamsters, rats, birds, horses and cages can cause allergic reactions. When you come into contact with the animals makes the body of histamine, thereby causing symptoms like sneezing, red eyes, rashes or eczema.
What can you do about it?
If you suspect that you suffer from an occupational allergy is to take sensible touch with your company or family doctor. The doctor can diagnose this and adjustments can be arranged at work. Often, the contact with the allergen is reduced by the use of gloves, air filters or face masks.