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For the public and businesses we offer the following innovations:

An interactive pollen diary

In collaboration with the Austrian Pollen Alert Service and the ENT Clinic of the Medical University of Vienna, we offer an especially useful additional programme for people who suffer from pollen allergies: the pollen diary. This service is provided free of charge at http://phd.polleninfo.org.

This new service is fundamentally different from previous versions of patient diaries in that user symptoms are directly associated with pollen data from the European Aeroallergen Network (EAN). The database is updated from almost 500 aerobiological research stations across Europe every four hours. This allows us to link the symptoms of individuals who suffer from pollen allergies with regional pollen concentrations every day, wherever they may be in Europe. A pollen diary user can link their eye, nose and lung symptoms with pollen levels in their current or previous location. The results of such a comparison can help them plan holidays and trips as well as determine why an allergy is becoming stronger or weaker. Allergic individuals can find answers to important questions and thus gain more confidence in dealing with their condition: what type of pollen is responsible for the symptoms of my eyes, nose and lungs, and to what extent? What influence does a change of environment have? Is treatment producing the desired effect?

The pollen diary can serve as a valuable diagnostic and therapy management tool for doctors. An evaluation of Austrian and French data (correlation and regression analysis) has demonstrated that use of the pollen diary can confirm a diagnosis or remove an allergen trigger. Users can print their own personal data directly from the data base with the click of a single button and present their information to their doctor. This allows the specialist to monitor the patient’s condition throughout the year without the need for additional expenses.

 

Timely information bulletin on pollen

A survey conducted in 2008, revealed that 69% of patients with allergies in Lithuania wait to get their information about pollen from their doctors, whereas 53% of patients expect to receive timely information at the pharmacies where they purchase their allergy medicine. Patients with pollen allergies want to receive information about airborne and allergenic pollen in Lithuania.

Subscribe to the informational pollen bulletin and your curious clients will be satisfied!

Benefits

  •  Consistently reliable information about airborne pollen concentrations facilitates the diagnosis of allergic symptoms.
  •  Greater possibilities for increasing sales of medication (eye drops, nose sprays, tablets) and other products (cosmetic products, tissues, etc.).
  •  A better brand image because you will always have timely information for ensuring good health.

The informational bulletin on pollen is sent out every workday by fax or email. The bulletin can be printed out and displayed in a pharmacy, a noticeboard next to the allergologist’s office or on the intranet system of a polyclinic. There is only one restriction: the pollen bulletin (and its contents) cannot be distributed and must remain within the institution that ordered it. Other clinics or pharmacies must purchase their own informational bulletins.

The pollen bulletin is drawn up based on monitoring results. Professionals determine the variety and concentration of pollen in the air by using microscopes and applying special-purpose methods. In Lithuania, pollen concentrations in the air have been monitored since 2000. At present, only the University of Šiauliai is involved in the monitoring process.

Pollen projections are produced by combining current results with long-term monitoring data, phenological observation and meteorological information.

If you wish to receive more information, please contact the relevant specialists at Šiauliai University.