Edic.: 143
Autor: El Trailero Magazine
Date: 6/2019

Do allergy symptoms affect you while you drive?

Operating a truck while you are non-stop sneezing, because of an allergy, is something that any trucker wants to avoid, right? Each person has a type of reaction when exposed to different allergens. There are allergens related to the seasons like in spring, where allergens can come from the pollen released by trees, or in summer where it can come from cut grass.

What are the main allergens to which the truckers are exposed during the rest of the year?

1. Mold and humidity. It appears in:
• Areas where there is water, such as basements, shower curtains, etc.
• Organic waste such as garbage from the garden, land for planting plants, wood logs.
2. Dust
3. Animal hairs
4. Mites
5. Environmental pollution
6. Low temperatures
7. Gases that irritate the respiratory system
8. Smoke from bonfires or cigars

It is very likely that truck drivers have to deal with, at least, one of those allergens in their routine on the road, such as when entering stores with high humidity or pick up boxes that are full of dust, among other situations.

The symptoms of an allergy will vary from truck driver to truck driver, but the main ones are:

1. Nonstop sneezing
2. Having watery, itchy and red eyes
3. Note that the nose drains constantly
4. Sensation of itching on the palate, nose and eyes
5. Clogged nose and ears
6. Pressure on the cheekbones and nose
7. Itchy skin

There are tests in the allergology service of hospitals that serve to identify and know exactly what allergens are susceptible to developing an allergy. By identifying the allergen, it is easier to define the best treatment for the truck driver who is suffering from allergy.

The recommendations to keep allergen agents away from trucks are:

• Keep the vehicle cabin clean. Aspirate the dust that may be inside and clean the seats and glass with the appropriate liquid.
• Wash the carpets
• Wash the curtains frequently
• Ventilate the cabin
• Avoid smoking inside the truck
• The truck driver must change his clothes after carrying out a load or unloading in which he had contact with allergens.