Do you have allergies? Do you have a smartphone? Well, you can already benefit from 'Alerta Polen', a pioneering application in Spain for smartphones - 3G or mobile phones with data services (iPhone, Android, Nokia, Apple) - that informs the patient of the specific pollen levels at who is allergic and only those provinces that are of interest.

There is not a thing left, since, when the alert thresholds are exceeded, you receive an alarm on the mobile that warns you of the risk situation in the place where you are. In this way, you can know if it suits you to limit your stay outdoors and start the treatment indicated by your allergist.

June is the month in which we pollinate the grasses, the most allergenic and widely distributed pollens in our country. In fact, eight out of every ten allergic patients in Spain are sensitive to this type of pollen. In addition, it coincides with the pollination of the olive tree. Therefore, during all of June, 'AlertaPolen', promoted by the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC), will send updated data on a daily basis, and weekly for the rest of the year.

The respiratory symptoms of allergic people depend directly on atmospheric concentrations. Thus, thanks to 'Polen Alert' "patients will be informed of the existing amount of pollen and will know if the risk they run of presenting symptoms of rhinitis or bronchial asthma is low, medium or alert," he says. Dr. Feo Brito, coordinator of the Aerobiology Committee of the SEAIC, reminds that "in rhinitis and asthma due to pollen allergy it is very important to continue the maintenance treatment until the pollination of the plants to which the patient is allergic. " In this way, it qualifies, "not only are the symptoms relieved, but bronchial inflammation is controlled and new episodes of bronchial asthma are avoided."

One in four people is allergic Allergic diseases have doubled in the last 15 years, affecting 25% of the population, that is, one in four people is allergic. This was highlighted by Dr. José M. Olaguibel, president of the SEAIC and allergist of the Allergy Service of the Hospital Complex of Navarra. However, "patients with pollen allergies have access to generic information that is not very selective and precise, so the new application will allow those affected to plan their activities abroad and begin their preventive medication," he stresses.

Dr. Olaguibel explains that the application 'AlertaPolen' includes all allergenic pollens, with their scientific and vulgar names, to facilitate information to patients. The list is formed by cupresáceas (arizónicas), plantain of shade (platanus), plantago (plantain), grasses, olive, quenopodiaceous (salsola), parietaria (urticáceas) and betuláceas (birch).

To download the application, direct links will soon be available from the website of the Aerobiology Committee ( and the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (

Source: SEAIC / AstraZeneca

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