Floridians with allergies no longer have to guess what the weather holds for them on a day to day basis.
Just a tap of the finger of the free iPhone App launched by WebMD this week provides consumers with an instant mobile resource.
Called “WebMD Allergy”, the new app gives personalized weather-related allergy information to help those with allergies to proactively manage their conditions.
All you have to do is sign up and set specific alerts including where you live and your allergy status.
For example, according to the app, today (February 7th), dust and dander is extremely high in West Palm Beach. This may be particularly bad for people with asthma. The app suggests keeping windows and doors shut and air conditioning filters clean. On the other hand, West Palm Beachers with tree, mold, grass and ragweed allergies can go about their business without concern.
The app also provides tips about these foods and herbs that, at least in theory, may worsen certain allergies:
- Ragweed allergy - honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes, zucchini, sunflower sees, and chamomile tea
- Birch pollen allergy - kiwi, apples, pears, peaches, plums, fennel, parsley, celery, coriander, cherries, carrots, hazelnuts and almonds
- Grass allergy -peaches, celery, tomatoes, melons and oranges
WebMD makes it clear that the app is not a substitute for seeing an allergist, but merely a tool to help those diagnosed with allergies to better plan their activities.