The Allergy Diary by MACVIA ARIA enables you to keep a daily record of your allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever) and asthma symptoms and medication use. The app is simple to use, and combines practicality with good scientific practice, having been developed with a global team of world leading allergy clinicians. The symptom ratings you provide daily are captured using validated measures that can be interpreted as a level of symptom control. These are simple rating scales that just require you to tap a line to indicate your response to three or four (if you have asthma) symptom questions. You can also record the medication you take each day. Select the medication you usually use from the medication lists provided and save this in your profile, then record your medication use each day from your short list in seconds, or add a new medication when you need to. You can update or edit your symptom rating and medication use throughout the day if you need to.
Tracking your daily symptoms and medication use allows you to see how well your treatment is working, identify any patterns in your symptoms and therefore take control of your disease, and improve communication with your doctor or pharmacist. Your results are shown in easy to read graphs, allowing you to view your symptom experience over time, in days, months, or years. The medication you have taken on any day can be seen on your results screen simply by touching the day on the graph.
The diary has an optional reminder function to help you remember to track and treat your symptoms, allowing you to set a reminder every day, twice a day or once per week. If you record symptoms that suggest your allergic rhinitis is uncontrolled for 3 days in a row or more, the diary will alert you to this fact in case you would like to share your results with your doctor or pharmacist. The diary also includes a geo localisation function, that in the future will permit the app to allow you to compare your level of symptom control with other allergy suffers in your area, or alert you if an allergy you have reported suffering from will soon be arriving in your area!
Allergic rhinitis is among the most common disease in the world and affects largely over 25% of the European population. It exists in all age groups, often starts early in life and persists across the life cycle. Allergic rhinitis often impairs social life, work and school performance.
MACVIA-LR (Fighting chronic diseases for active and healthy ageing, http://macvia.cr-languedocroussillon.fr) is a reference site of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. It has initiated the project AIRWAYS ICPs, integrated care pathways for airway diseases which includes MASK-rhinitis (MACVIA-ARIA Sentinel networK).
If you choose to register your app, your anonymous / coded data will be used by MACVIA-ARIA to better understand the patient experience of allergic rhinitis, it impact on asthma and the effectiveness of current treatment options.