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This new smartphone app from UAH could be helpful for people with asthma and allergies

Asthma and allergy sufferers who live in urban areas may benefit from this new smartphone app, which can help them determine the quality of the air around them.

For people in urban areas who suffer from allergies and asthma, smog and pollution can be be an irritant that is difficult to avoid. Thanks to constantly developing technology, however, there may be a way to determine the quality of the air around you and potentially be more proactive about preventing an attack.

According to local news source WHNT News 19, a team of developers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have created a smartphone app that tracks air quality for those who suffer from respiratory issues.

“The population most at risk is the elderly, especially people with respiratory problems, although this could be of use to children or anyone with serious respiratory problems, such as bad asthma," said project leader Dr. Udaysankar Nair.

The Mobile Air Quality Index, which is available for Android and iOS systems, features user-friendly data about the air quality throughout most of the United States.

According to the American Lung Association, 58 percent of the U.S. population live in an area of the country where air pollution could negatively impact their health. Fumes from vehicle engines cause what is called particle pollution, and according to WebMD, studies have shown that exposure to this can lead to hospitalization for children with asthma.

For those of you who suffer from allergies or asthma and live in urban environments that may be triggering your symptoms, you may want to look into downloading the Mobile Air Quality Index app. You can also invest in products such as the whole house air purifier to reduce the amount of allergens in your home.

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