Sniffling, sneezing, watery eyes… these symptoms can only mean one thing. Allergy season is here. Knowing what allergens are waiting outside can have a huge impact on your day. Ready to help — apps that track seasonal allergies.
Tracking pollen and other allergens can be done via smartphones. Mobile apps can tell you what types of conditions may have your kids reaching for the tissue box. Are they really helpful?
“Each app should be reviewed for accuracy, functionality, and purpose,” David Stukus, MD, spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology tells Parentology. “No apps should be seen as a way to replace current management or care, but may be useful to augment current treatment, especially if they include practical tools such as medication reminder systems.”
Stukus says it’s important to realize the nearest pollen counting station could be hundreds of miles away and may not accurately reflect the pollen levels right outside your door. “All pollen counts identify the levels from 24 hours prior and any weather changes may impact current levels,” he says.
If you’re looking for an easy way to detect pollen levels, Stukus tips that pollen levels are highest on dry, breezy days and lowest after it rains.
Allergy Apps to Consider:
Zyrtec’s app tracks daily pollen counts and sends alerts of elevated levels. An allergy impact feature gives a better idea of how you might be affected. A symptom tracker logs incidents and can be shared at your next doctor’s appointment.
Weather Channel allergy forecast
Weather Channel app shares weather updates and alerts on pollen levels for trees, grass and ragweed. Special sections devoted to mold and breathing/asthmatic triggers.
Weather Bug gives a daily pollen index and reports on which allergy triggers are elevated on any given day.
Pollen.com Allergy Alert
Found here is a pollen report and detailed info about allergens, including pictures environmental culprits. Customized notifications can be programmed to alert re: climbing pollen levels. A printable allergy diary tracks symptoms for doctor and allergist appointments.