Wednesday, June 04, 2008 Introduces New Features to Help Allergy Sufferers

FL Note: We admit it. We found the following article interesting enough that we decided to check out the site. Fayetteville is on the list of cities for Georgia. Since we don't always get to see the daily pollen report, this could be useful for allergy and asthma sufferers as you plan your trips.

But then again, sometimes we know the pollen is high when we sneeze often!

24-7 - Responding to numerous user requests,, one of the most visited allergy web sites, today announced the addition of two new features, Pollen History and Two-City Comparison, to its popular site for people who suffer from seasonal allergies., a division of SDI , has also added a shopping feature for those who wish to comparison-shop for anti-allergenic products.

Pollen History provides a 30-day allergy index history by zip code. The proprietary index assigns a weighted value to key factors such as the pollen count, weather, and wind speed and direction. Visitors can use the chart to track whether allergy conditions are increasing or decreasing over time. In the near future, the site will introduce a 90-day look-back, which will be the most extensive pollen history available on the web.

The launch of Pollen History has generated rave reviews from users. One mother wrote in, "This helps me so much! My daughter is not yet 2 and she is suffering from asthma symptoms. When she has a flare-up, I look on here to see if there is a connection with the pollen levels."

The Two-City Comparison Chart, not found on any other web site, allows visitors to compare the pollen intensity in their own area with that of another location for the next four days by plugging in the two zip codes. The chart that pops up displays bar graphs showing the pollen severity levels in the two locations for each day.

"When people with allergies travel on business, vacation, or relocate, they want to know how the expected pollen levels in other areas compare with what they're currently experiencing," explains Glenn Connery, manager of the application development/web group for SDI. "Our Two-City Comparison helps people plan their medication use and their outdoor activities a little better. The comparison feature has also been used by parents whose children have allergies and are going away to college in a different city." will soon expand both Pollen History and Two-City Comparison to include breakdowns of specific pollen sources such as trees, plants, and grasses.

Site visitors can already get more information on pollen-emitting flora by clicking on the icon for Pollen Library. This feature provides data and photos for more than 1100 plant species, searchable by county for all 48 contiguous states in the U.S.

The new "Allergy Buyers Club" feature allows users to shop online for a wide range of allergy relief and healthy home products, including air purifiers, dehumidifiers, water filters, furnace filters, vacuum cleaners and hypoallergenic bedding., one of the top allergy sites in both Google and Yahoo rankings, reaches more than 200 million people annually. These include over 30 million people who visit the site directly, and 170 million who access features through radio and TV station websites across the U.S., as well as weather, health and wellness sites.

Over the past decade, has continuously improved its methodology and created new features to further benefit people with allergies. Many of these ideas have come from users who provide feedback on the site.

"This is a user-driven service," Connery says. "We're fortunate to have such an interested and involved audience, and we try to respond to their suggestions by providing the features that they want. Their feedback really makes a difference in the usefulness of the site."

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