ALLERGY DIARY

 

Allergic rhinitis is among the most common diseases in the world and affects 20% of the population worldwide. It exists in all age groups, often starts early in life and persists across the life cycle. Allergic rhinitis often impairs social life, work and school performance. Several unmet needs have been identified in allergic rhinitis: optimal control rhinitis and comorbidities, patient stratification, multidisciplinary team for integrated care pathways, innovation in clinical trials and, above all, patient empowerment.

The Allergy Diary enables you to keep a daily record of your allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever) and asthma symptoms as well as medication use. The app is simple to use, and combines practicality with good scientific practice, having been developed with a global team of world leading allergy clinicians. The symptom ratings you provide daily are captured using validated measures that can be interpreted as a level of symptom control. These are simple rating scales that just require you to tap a line to indicate your response to three or four (if you have asthma) symptom questions. You can also record the medication you take each day. Select the medication you usually use from the medication lists provided and save this in your profile, then record your medication use each day from your short list in seconds, or add a new medication when you need to.

Tracking your daily symptoms and medication use allows you to see how well your treatment is working, identify any patterns in your symptoms and therefore take control of your disease, and improve communication with your doctor or pharmacist. Your results are shown in easy to read graphs, allowing you to view your symptom experience over time. If you record symptoms that suggest your allergic rhinitis is uncontrolled for 3 days in a row or more, the diary will alert you to this fact in case you would like to share your results with your doctor or pharmacist. The diary also includes a geo localisation function that, in the future, will permit the app to allow you to compare your level of symptom control with other allergy sufferers in your area, or alert you if an allergy you have reported suffering from will soon be arriving in your area!

The Allergy Diary mobile app. freely available in 15 European countries.

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