Thursday, January 26, 2012

Allergies hurt productivity at work: Study

Allergies can be more than a simple nuisance, experts warn.
A Middle Eastern survey on allergies warned that ignoring persistent allergy symptoms can lead to longer term conditions and affect work productivity and academic performance.

Nasal allergies caused by dust and other environmental pollution are on the rise and have a detrimental impact on people’s lives and the economy, according to the Allergies in the Middle East survey, which covered five countries: the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and Iran.

The pharmaceutical company Takeda carried out the study, which included 7,411 households, out of which 501 agreed to participate in a more in-depth survey.

The researchers hoped to raise awareness about indoor air quality issues that could make things worse, among them closed environments in big buildings that are improperly ventilated, high levels of dust, environmental pollution from industries and humidity.

The survey participants complained about nasal congestion, headaches, watery eyes and sleep disruption.
During bad times, their work rate fell between 25 to 40 percent, they indicated.

Source: The National

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