Asheville, NC – August 15, 2018 – Based on the articles from media outlets beginning last week and continuing, it’s clear that the onset of ragweed pollen is upon us. In the Twin Cities, ragweed allergy season is here. In Detroit, it’s just around the corner.
These articles are helpful in characterizing the challenges for those who suffer from ragweed allergies. Over 23 million people are allergic to ragweed. Most people don’t know that there are 17 different species of ragweed. Unfortunately, almost 60% of those with allergies have never been tested to determine their predominant allergen. One ragweed plant can produce a billion pollen grains and ragweed pollen can travel more than 400 miles away.
The recent rains felt across most of the country may increase ragweed plant growth, so those who suffer from ragweed allergies, get ready and be prepared. With hot temperatures, dry air, and increased winds ragweed pollen could more intense. And, in recent years the season has lasted longer as the first frost of the year is now occurring in mid-late November in most parts of the country.
A great way to be prepared is to download DailyBreath from the App Store. DailyBreath is a personal allergy and asthma warning system based on learning your triggers. The goal is to understand days on which you have difficulty with the ragweed pollen. Perhaps you will learn that you experience symptoms only on days when the temperature is over 80 degrees and humidity is over 50%. Perhaps, you tend to experience symptoms on days when the winds are over 10 mph and disperse pollen spores widely affecting you more acutely.
The point is that you experience the environment uniquely and with DailyBreath you begin a journey to learn your individual susceptibility to changing conditions. It’s all part of personalized exposure health which leads to patient empowerment. By being location aware and exposure informed, vulnerable populations can limit negative health outcomes that are preventable if they are health prepared. Download DailyBreath and be prepared for the ragweed allergy season.
Authored by Eric Klos, CEO, DailyBreath, is a personal allergy and asthma warning system based on patients learning their triggers. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, or are a caregiver of one who does, please TEXT ‘dbnow’ to 41411 to download DailyBreath from the Apple iTunes App store. If you are an Android user, sign up here to receive the Android version when it becomes available in the future.