The Onset of Pollen: When Will You Be at Risk?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – Last year, it was reported in some regions that because of warmer temperatures the onset of pollen allergy season occurred earlier than normal for their region. In addition, often the combination of warm temperatures along with increased precipitation was estimated to contribute to robust plant growth and, thus, more pollen spores released into the atmosphere. Recognizing that temperature and precipitation variability effects pollen presence which subsequently potentially impacts vulnerable patients with allergies and asthma, the HEALTHeWeather, the creator of DailyBreath, joined with the StatWeather Institute, to introduce an initial report on the onset of pollen allergies by region across the United States.

This report is being released on Thursday, February 1st, and is being made freely available as part of the launch of the 1st commercially available product that will provide a bi-weekly forecast of temperature and precipitation variability that impacts the onset, intensity, and duration of pollen allergies for regions across the United States. With this product, allergy and asthma sufferers, allergy and asthma specialists, asthma educators, community health workers, public health specialists, primary care physicians, and hospitals will have advanced notice of the onset and intensity of the pollen allergy season for their region of the country, based on a regularly updated temperature and precipitation forecast. The regional projections raise the awareness of when and how much pollen will present greater risk to asthma patients with allergies.

The projection provides a low, medium, and high value for the probability that increased temperatures or precipitation will impact the earlier onset of a pollen allergy season for that region or state. By tracking this probability bi-weekly against actual and temperature precipitation we’re able to consistently refine these projections, based on the anomalies between the previous projections and the actual metrics. This report is most valuable right now for the onset of pollen allergies in specific regions. The season monitoring available will help us assess the intensity of pollen allergy in a region as well as monitor and predict the duration and conclusion of the pollen allergy season by region.

While common convention views trees budding, flowers blooming, and grass growing at the start of spring, on or about March 20th every year, the reality is that the onset of this activity and subsequent pollen depends on location, temperature, and precipitation. It’s time we empower those who are impacted by these changing conditions with the information that allows them to be prepared and avoid unexpected symptoms and, potentially worse, allergic asthma attacks. It’s time for SMART, Seasonal Monitoring for Allergy and Asthma Risk Triggers.

Authored by Eric Klos, CEO, HEALTHeWeather, and innovator of DailyBreath, which helps others avoid asthma attacks. 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.