Occupational Rhinitis

Occupational rhinitis is a condition which can develop as a result of breathing in certain gases, fumes and dusts which can cause an allergic reaction, resulting in inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the inside of the nose.

The substances which cause occupational rhinitis are called allergens. The most common allergens associated with this condition are:

  • Wood dust
  • Flour and grain dust
  • Latex
  • Pollen
  • Animals

These substances can affect a wide range of occupations including:

  • Bakery Workers and Pastry Makers
  • Paint Sprayers
  • Cleaners
  • Nursing and Care Staff
  • Laboratory Workers
  • Chemical Production Workers
  • Joiners/Carpenters
  • Animal Handlers
  • Florists

Allergic rhinitis is a very common condition. The most well known form of allergic rhinitis is hay fever.  The condition can, however, be categorised as work related if there is a very clear link between your symptoms and your work.

Do you suffer from the following symptoms?

  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Mucus in throat
  • Coughing

Are your symptoms worse during the working week and do they tend to improve when you are away from work, only to flare up again when you return to your workplace? If so, you could be suffering from occupational rhinitis.

If you think you could be suffering from rhinitis, due to contact with substances at work, you should seek medical advice at the earliest opportunity. You should also report your symptoms to your employer.

If you believe your symptoms have been caused by your work you may be entitled to compensation, even if you have not been diagnosed with a specific condition.