An explanation could be that there is an irritant or aggravating factor in your office, that is not in your home. You could have a condition known as non-allergic rhinitis or vasomotor rhinitis. It causes sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, postnasal dripping, cough, and/or headaches. Common triggers include:
- Strong odors (e.g., perfumes)
- Cleaning products
- Air pollutants
- Passive tobacco smoke
- Changes in the weather
- Other airborne irritants
This can be a frustrating problem. It is not always easy to manage. Identifying and eliminating the triggers can be very helpful. Sometimes air filters and moving your workspace can be useful. There are treatments that can be useful to manage symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis. These include nasal saline irrigation and topical nasal steroids.
Notify your boss or employer of your condition and the importance of avoiding triggers. Some workplaces have occupational health departments. They can assist you with this situation. They’ll find reasonable ways to reduce relevant exposures and symptoms.