Finding a Job with Allergies?

Finding a Job with Allergies?

[Hello! This has been a wonderful place to lurk in the past couple of days. So glad to have found this site!!]

I have loads of food allergies, and many of them I will have reactions to just being in the same room with them. So on top of the added stress to being out in public or eating out, is the stress of finding a job. Both my mother and sister have held a few local jobs here, and all of them have had break rooms where people brought in major allergens. One of them was a Kmart,… read more

A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

I work in a public library and have worked in an academic library. I worked in Corporate America for a decade. I've worked in many sizes of offices from 2 people to thousands.

I met a woman once you had severe peanut alleriges. She worked for the Gifted and Talented program for middle school age kids. She shared that she was fortunate that the school district supported and respected her gallery. Signs were posted everywhere and students weren't allowed to bring in any allergen.

I think the bottom line is this: the fewer employees that you have to work with will make it easier for a company to enforce compliance. I recommend a small office or library. For example, our library is considered a mid-size library and we have a staff of 40. I can't even get that many people to simply keep old food from the frig! However, the next small town over has a wonderful small library of 2-3 people and work well.

Best of luck in your job search.

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

If you react to food in the air, you will need to find a job you can do from home. It is very difficult to get people in the work place to respect inhalant triggered food allergies.

I worked as a Computer Engineer. There isn't a lot of food in that industry, but people would bring in unsafe foods and off to the ER I would go. Eventually, due to the constant triggering I gained many inhalant triggered food allergies and was forced to retire at 30 years old. I spent more time recovering from the latest allergic reaction than working.

The constant allergic reactions worsened my other health problems and the combination is why I was forced to retire instead of work from home.

A librarian job might respect your food allergies. Government jobs have more requirements to actually protect people with disabilities. I have a very close friend who works for the IRS and has multiple food allergies that he reacts to in the air. They made sure he could work from home most of the time and try to have a safe space for him at the office when he comes in once per week. He does occasionally get nailed by an allergic reaction in the elevator when someone is chewing Mint gum. If he was in better health I would tell him to use the stairs, since most of his reactions seem to happen in elevators.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

socialising is a big issue for me because of my multiple allergies, I gave up work a long time ago but trying to find something suitable to do at home, the only people that understand what you're going through is your kids and your Doctors, otherwise some family members and friends more likely to think you're a lady of leisure because you're no longer working.when I do get out and try to socialise I get extremely tired of getting shoulder pain or pain in my neck, and terrible nose pain with large clumps of dry blood which only started four weeks ago when I socialise with people with different smells who is wearing perfumes or cologne or chemicals or eating something. I made an appointment to see my GP to see if there is anything she can do to stop the bleeding from happening, I also passed out for a few hours and lose a lot of time which is very upsetting for my kids especially if we had plans to watch a movie at home, the reason they are upset they would rather if I wore a mask when I go out, which I don't find very comfortable wearing a mask it only draws attention to me. chin up to all the allergies sufferer it's not very easy to live with, and it leaves you feeling very depressed and sometimes feeling very useless and tired, I wouldn't have any energy without my supplements, I wouldn't be able to get out of bed, I really try very hard to push myself but crashes afterwards, just checking my emails or text messages I find some time very hard, by checking in with you all, it's nice to know that we've got a support group who understand what each other is going through and thanks a lot for sharing it means so much to know you're not on your own. been around normal people without allergies, I don't fit in I feel like an intruder, sad thing is I enjoy my own company all I need is more energy and I'll be fine.

have a great day to you all.

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

I never heard of allergies triggered by inhalant food allergies. I kind of was wondering why I always seem to itch whenever I went to Walmart. As soon as I walk in the store. Was thinking the chemicals from the laundry or cleaning aisle or the beauty shop in there. So it could be food too.

posted almost 2 years ago
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