If you're constantly checking the pollen count because you suffer from seasonal allergies, then this new Google feature is for you.
The tech giant and has teamed up with The Weather Channel to include the pollen index, giving users the ability to search for up-to-date information about the pollen levels and other forecast data.
When the Google feature becomes available, you’ll be able to search for allergy or pollen information on your mobile device when you use Google. It will provide you with basic pollen index information in advance that could help get you through the day — as in, it will tell you when you can't afford to leave home without packing a bottle of Benadryl. It will also let you know the pollen levels for the following five days just like the weather forecast.
According to Google, when the pollen count is very high in your area, you can set up a Google alert on your mobile device to be notified in advance so you’ll know when you’ll need to take an extra dosage of allergy medication.
While this nifty feature from Google may not be the answer to solve bigger issues happening in the world, it can be helpful for those suffering from daily allergies and could make coping with them a little bit easier.
What is pollen?
Pollen is a fine powdery substance made from microscopic grains produced by male plants.
Pollen is usually yellowish in color, but can also be red, purple, white and brown. Pollen can be easily blown by the wind and can cause hay fever.
What is the pollen count?
The pollen count is a measurement of the amount of pollen found in a cubic meter of air. The higher the number, the more pollen found in the air.
One out of five Americans suffer from allergy symptoms caused by a hypersensitivity to pollen. Some of the symptoms include sneezing, coughing, runny nose, red, watery and itchy eyes. Those who suffer from pollen allergies know each day can be miserable if the pollen count is high medication is not taken.