It's coming to the end of summer, and for roughly 7.8 percent of the adult American population, that means the beginning of something awkward: the September hayfever season. Allergic rhinitis, as known scientifically, is highly common, but that doesn't stop it from making people's lives miserable. The good news is that tech companies have increasingly been stepping in to help. Google has recently partnered with Weather.com to create a pollen forecast that will help allergy sufferers track pollen and manage their symptoms, leading to a better allergy season for all.
The key to helping hayfever sufferers, short of a miracle cure, is prediction: knowing the airborne presence of particular allergens as plants emit pollen can be hugely helpful for managing symptoms medically or, if necessary, deciding to stay indoors. And as prediction systems by meteorologists become more refined, technology has decided to find different ways to bring that information into our homes. Google's new functionality is an attempt to help people predict their sensitivity in advance, and another example of how technology can help your health. Take an antihistamine and dive in.