Invisible Triggers, Real Consequences
Most people are aware that air pollution affects people with sensitive lungs. But what we need to remember is that the impact of air pollution are immediate and the triggers are invisible. So what are we supposed to do?
Finding out that a patient’s triggers are present only once she has had a health emergency is too late. BreezoMeter helps make the invisible air pollution visible, by connecting users with air quality data.
Asthma or COPD?
While the causes of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are different, the two conditions are often confused. Many of the symptoms are the same, for example shortness of breath, and the triggers for both occupy the air we breathe. Also, more than 40 percent of people with COPD also have a history of asthma.
How do we protect sensitive populations living with asthma and / or COPD?
It starts with understanding what triggers a crisis. For asthma, triggers tend to be allergens like pollen and dust, even though cold air and exercise can also induce an attack. COPD tends to be exacerbated by other things in the air, like smoke or pollutants from industrial processes.
It is really important that patients with asthma, COPD and other lung conditions that increase the sensitivity to the air they breath have the knowledge to minimize the effects of the disease. Since air pollution is a major source of triggers, we need to take it into consideration.
Medical devices companies, pharmaceutical companies, and companies or organizations offering online community opportunities to help people with these conditions know that in order to best serve their patients, they must know what is in the air they are breathing. Avoiding triggers, once understood, is made easier by having access to real-time, location-specific air quality data, like that which BreezoMeter’s API provides.
BreezoMeter’s air quality and pollen API can be integrated easily into your client-facing app, connected device or website to help communicate to your clients what the air quality is where they are, and what the dominant pollutants are. Help your patients feel better and live better, by alerting them when they should stay inside and turn on the air purifier, and when it’s safe for them to go outside and breath good quality air.
Companies like KapCode are using BreezoMeter’s API to learn about their patients’ triggers by tracking what the air quality is where and when a patient uses his or her inhaler. By understanding each patient’s specific triggers, KapCode can help improve the quality of life of their asthma patients.
BreezoMeter's advanced algorithms can also forecast air quality for 1 to 4 days, providing the opportunity to better anticipate pollution and triggers and make appropriate accommodations.
BreezoMeter is also proud to directly improve patients’ lives: “My son has asthma and [knowing the air quality] helps to know what kind of breathing day we can expect. This [information] has been so helpful in keeping him safe when the air quality is bad.”
Read more about the link between air pollution and asthma.
Learn how LifeMap has integrated BreezoMeter’s air quality API to help asthma patients understand, learn and monitor their health and asthma condition.
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