I'm a bit ashamed that this will be my first forum post on this awesome site, but anyways...
I work in a bakery, and over the past few months I've been getting a runny nose, lots of sneezing, watery eyes, etc. I assumed it was the weather or a long, mild cold, but it came back with a vengeance today, I did some research, and it looks like I have Baker's Rhinitis. Apparently it's quite common, and as many as 25% of occupational bakers develop the allergy at some point in their career.
I'm a bit upset right now especially because my wife and I have been seriously considering buying the bakery where we work, and I was betting on a lot of long shifts.
But it's somewhat debilitating when I have to blow my nose and wash my hands every five minutes.
Is there any hope? Would wearing a mask help? I'll go to a doctor and get some allergy tests done, but at this point it's making a lot of sense.