Disable Zoom for T panel on the left side?

Hi. I have a probably-amateur question:

Sometimes, just by reflex, when I want to zoom in or out on the 3D model I’m working on, I accidentally press + or - while my mouse cursor is over the left side panel (i.e. the one that you open/close by pressing t, with “Create” and “Tools” panels). And, for some reason, this freezes blender for a moment whenever I accidentally zoom in/out on the panel and not the 3D model (i.e. the font gets bigger/smaller). Is there any way I can disable this feature? Or make it not lag whenever I do this? That way, if I accidentally zoom in on the “t-panel”, I won’t have to wait for blender to stop lagging.

Help would be appreciated,