Managing your allergies and asthma is never fun, but at least in the 21st century, it can be easier! There are now lots of apps you can download to your tablet or smart phone that can give up-to-the-minute information for asthma and allergy sufferers – whether it’s the daily pollen count in your area, a reminder to pick up allergy medication, symptoms trackers and expert tips on how to navigate your day based on your specific issues.
If you’ve got breathing difficulties, or are prone to seasonal allergies, knowing what the air is like outside can often dictate how much time you spend outdoors. WebMD’s Allergy app is free for iPhone, and will help you prepare for each day with a personalized allergy and weather forecast along with doctor-approved tips that can be customized to you and your family’s specific allergies. It also helps you control your allergy symptoms by showing you the allergy levels in your area before you start your day.
Learn more about WebMD’s Allergy app here.
Specifically, if you’re asthmatic, the new Asthmatic app is super-helpful. We all know that weather can have a huge impact on asthma patients. Asthmatic predicts up to 5 days in advance how the weather will affect your lungs and tells you which precautions to take. Unlike other forecasts that only focus on pollution, this app takes all environmental factors into account and is available worldwide. The app is $1.99 and requires Apple iOS 8.0 or later.
Learn more about Asthmatic here.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is an increasing concern in schools, since more children than ever are asthmatic. The Environmental Protection Agency launched the School IAQ Assessment mobile app to assist schools and school districts with performing comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) facility assessments to protect the health of children and school staff. The app provides schools and school districts with strategies for addressing critical building-related environmental health issues such as ventilation, cleaning and maintenance, environmental asthma triggers, radon, and integrated pest management.
Learn more about the School IAQ Assessment app here.
For seasonal allergy sufferers, every year is different when it comes to severity. Pollen.com created an Allergy Alert app that helps the allergy sufferers keep up-to-date with pollen and allergy forecasts for the U.S., and informs users about other environmental factors such as a local asthma index, ultraviolet levels, and cough and cold trends. It’s free for both iOS and Android users.
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The Asthma Ally app goes even further, sending an alert to your allergist’s office when your asthma may be out of control. When the user loads the app, they connect to their allergist’s office through a doctor portal. The app allows patients to record their symptom status and then automatically pairs this data with current environmental conditions for their allergist to view in an online dashboard. With access to asthma sufferer’s changing symptoms and environmental conditions like pollen count, dust, ozone and humidity, allergists can more easily find remedies and treatments for their patients.
Learn more about Asthma Ally here.