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Published on May 8, 2012
Sade: Well trees are budding and flowers are blooming - spring allergies are kicking in strong, and with a smartphone app for just about everything these days, now you can add allergy relief to the list. Here's eyewitness news reporter, Michelle Charlesworth.
Michelle: Feel lousy?
Lance: If you have a thought, there's an app for it.
Michelle: So what if you have a sneeze? That's when you might want to consult the people who measure what is floating around out here. You know the great thing about these apps is there's on our phones, so they're always with us, kinda like our tissues. And they can tell you - based on where you are and when - what pollens are killing you right now, how close by the nearest pharmacy is and where you can find a reputable allergist.
Lance: Not everybody is allergic to the same thing. You want to see if you've got your grass or your pollen high. A lot of these apps are free.
Michelle: Lance points us to AllergyAdvisor. Then there's also an app from pollen.com. Free and free! Today's allergy forecast is a 9.9 - high - so I get the red. Bleh, great. ZocDoc can help to find an allergist near you. It'll even find ones who can take your insurance. And then you might need a pharmacist, and that's when (also free) AroundMe can help. It wants to know where I am, and it can tell me where I can find a pharmacy. Then there's RxmindMe, but spelled with an Rx.
Lance: Half the time people are suffering because they forget. "Oh I didn't use my Flonase, Oh I didn't use my Zyrtec."
Michelle: That app gives you a little alarm that goes off and all of it (we hope) will make you feel better. In midtown, Michelle Charlesworth, Channel 7 Eyewitness News.
Sade: And if you'd like to download the apps Michelle mentioned, we have all the details for you at 7online and it is allergy season.