Indoor air quality at work

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jeanneac
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   Posted 2/21/2014 1:58 AM (GMT -7)   
So, I have experienced asthma for years but ever since I took a new job and they moved me to a new office, my asthma has been TERRIBLE. I also get horrible post nasal drip every time I go to work. The post nasal drip is better when I get home into clean air.

Can't I get them to clean my carpet? I am worried that it's also the heavy duty floor cleaners they use that smell to high heavens. I think I have some rights but I am not sure how to approach it. Due to some unrelated surgeries of my own and my hubby as well, I don't have hardly any sick leave.

I'm really miserable. They had to order a nebulizer for me b/c the steroid pack they gave me was like taking water and it seemed that I actually got worse taking it. I think I got a little cold on top of it. I had trouble like this about 9 months ago at this same job but when they moved me to yet another office. I think the place has overall poor air quality, some roaches and dust mites. I also have allergies.

I am so sick of this. I don't want to go to work b/c I am sooooo miserable there! And no, I am not stressed except for the fact that I get sick there. It's otherwise a great job. I think there are laws about indoor air quality and accommodations but I don't know how to get started. I asked my boss if they could clean my carpets and got no response yet. I would honestly look for another job but those aren't easy to find. Can I go out on disability for this???

Any help would be appreciated.
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seronegative RA, type 2 d, asthma, skin scleroderma, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, nexium, synthroid,
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jeanneac
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   Posted Today 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
StonerHector, I wanted to thank you for your reply. It was there earlier but has somehow disappeared.

Yes, I did get an air filter for work and it hasn't helped that much.
d 1/09 with colitis sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well, Colon resection Nov. 2010, now in remission!
seronegative RA, type 2 d, asthma, skin scleroderma, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, nexium, synthroid,
Positive ANA speckled pattern 1:180, high sed r

Joan M
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   Posted 2/26/2014 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Stay outside as much as possible. Cleaning the carpet would be done with chemicals and might make your situation worse. Always drink plenty of water. You might want to invest in Bioten to help with dry mouth and yucky taste in mouth.
Walk around the office as much as possible. Walking is good for asthma. GET OUT OF THE OFFICE as much as possible. Make sure you have air at home and mean open the window. Outdoor air quality is always better than indoor unless there are fumes, etc.

Well I wish you good luck and feel so sorry for your problem. Heaven bless you.
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