In 2016, the #BritainBreathing study aimed to work out if asking people to submit their allergy symptoms via an app was a reliable approach to gather data on the symptoms experienced across the whole population in the UK.
The researchers are delighted to report that the first scientific paper from #BritainBreathing has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
A huge thank you to everyone who has downloaded the #BritainBreathing app and made this possible. All your work in sending in your allergy symptoms is helping both the #BritainBreathing team and other scientists studying allergies to understand more about how and why they occur.
Researchers found that #BritainBreathing did work as they hoped in providing a reliable method of collecting data about respiratory allergy symptoms. This finding was supported by the strong relationship between the reported well-being of app users and the number of seasonal allergy prescriptions issued.
The 2016 data showed two peaks of hay fever symptoms, the first in April likely due to tree pollens, and a second in June, likely due to grass pollens. Additionally, nasal symptoms were the factor most strongly related to overall reported feelings of well-being.