Disturbing Medical Trends – Super Pollen and Global Warming
As if existing problems with allergies and asthma were not enough, we now have to worry about Super Pollen and global warming extending and exacerbating seasonal allergies and asthma attacks.
Globally, according to the world allergy organization journal, over 400 million people suffer from airborne allergies and over 300 million suffer from asthma. Costs range well over $100 billion currently. In the UK, there is now something called “Super Pollen” which form clouds that become sticky making it harder to get out of your eyes and nose. Evidently super pollen is created when pollen mixes with diesel fumes.
Add to that the fact that global warming is causing longer seasonal allergy time frames thus torturing allergy sufferers even longer. Of course asthma sufferers are also affected and in some cases require hospitalization. In the US, many areas have had their warmest years on record according to Jonathan Erdman a senior meteorologist for weather.com and the weather channel. Mr. Erdman said the general consensus is that with the warming climate over the next several decades pollen season will lengthen across much of the country. Additionally, carbon dioxide is on the increase which makes plants more efficient at producing pollen and growing faster. Approximately 50 million people in the US suffer from nasal allergies which is as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
These disturbing trends are driving a general consensus that allergies and asthma will become worse over the next few decades. Most solutions for allergy and asthma sufferers are after-the-fact and invasive. In many cases sufferers use over-the-counter medications or prescriptions in order to help alleviate their symptoms or mitigate an allergy or asthma attack.
However, we found one company working on the only allergy and asthma warning system available.
AlerSense (www.alersense.com) is the first early warning solution for those who suffer from allergies asthma and COPD. AlerSense works by detecting indoor air quality and immediately sending data to cloud-based software which then analyzes the data and reports back results in real time. AlerSense has developed significant intellectual property via its software designed to provide deep analysis of the types of airborne components that could affect allergy and asthma sufferers. After real-time analysis AlerSense immediately starts sending data down to the user’s mobile app so that they can adjust their environment or behavior. Additionally, AlerSense takes input from the user when an attack occurs and registers the data at the time of the attack. It then remembers that data in order to provide an earlier warning next time, hopefully mitigating or even alleviating an allergy or asthma attack.
Super pollen and global warming, combined with increased pollution levels are wreaking havoc on the world’s population. Solutions like AlerSense are important because they cannot only save lives but also prevent hospital trips, doctor’s office visits and lost productivity in both school and/or work.