(LONDON) -- Americans suffering from hay fever may not want to rely heavily on what they find online regarding pollen count, according to a study by the Environmental Allergy Assays of London.
People with seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, often turn to various online sources for pollen count information to know when to limit their exposure to the types of pollen that spawn their symptoms. However, the findings of the Environmental Allergy Assays study show that some of the information available online is not very accurate.
The study examined the disparities between two popular websites that report pollen count information versus information from 13 representative pollen stations. Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the study found that the online pollen count information differed significantly from the actual counts derived from the 13 stations.
Based on the findings, the authors of the study say people should not rely on pollen information from just any website to predict their symptoms, but should instead visit the National Allergy Bureau at www.aaai.org/nab for accurate information.
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