If you suffer from seasonal allergies, it is likely you dread pollen season. Allergies are no joke and can cause a major decrease in life quality during the season. When you learn more about seasonal allergies and ways you can manage or prevent them, you won’t have to be so worried about how you are going to function during this difficult time.
There are new breakthroughs that are happening on a daily basis that are making it easier for people that suffer from allergies to continue living without decreasing their quality of life. One of the major advancements taking place is with AI (artificial intelligence.) The latest advancements in this area have everyone’s attention since applications of AI in healthcare are very promising.
What Is AI?
Before we get into how AI is going to impact the way your allergies are treated, it is important to understand what AI is. When people think about AI, sometimes they think about movies with robots taking over the world, but that is not at all what should come to mind.
AI is a collection of technologies that are designed to mimic human cognitive functions. You may also hear AI referred to as machine intelligence. Any task that would take a human intelligence to complete that a machine completes qualifies as artificial intelligence according to Minsky and McCarthy who are fathers of the industry.
AI and Healthcare
Healthcare is one of the industries that is being greatly impacted by AI. The way doctors treat patients cannot possibly be the same as even five years ago with the amount of data they have access to on a daily basis. Being able to have key information at their fingertips, doctors are able to diagnose with fewer missteps and treat with greater effectiveness.
AI can be applied to structured and non structured data through the technologies of machine learning and natural language processing. While right now the largest concentrated usage is neurology, cardiology, and oncology, AI is becoming more and more useful in many aspects of healthcare.
AI and Allergies
Itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat and the increasing desire to stay indoors are sure signs that seasonal allergies have arrived. How is AI going to help?
Electronic Health Records
While electronic health records (EHR) have been on the rise for years now, it was not a smooth transition. Between the user burnout and the cognitive overload, EHR had some people questioning whether it was more trouble than it was worth.
Using EHRs made it easier to diagnose as well as ensure patients were not overdosing on medication so the benefits won out. EHRs can be managed more easily now using AI. Automating the routine processes and making interfaces more intuitive through AI has decreased the issues that were happening with EHR.
With the advancements in AI, if patients need to go in for an appointment but haven’t, notifications can be sent to remind them. Reminders to reorder medications and being able to prioritize patients that are in serious need of help are other benefits of AI and EHR.
Virtual Health Assistance
AI can now be your personal health assistant. Health monitors with AI incorporated raise patient engagement and help people become healthier without having to go to the doctor all of the time. Common ailments such as allergies can receive recommendations for help through the use of AI. Proactive medical care will help you no matter which issues you are dealing with but allergies are one of the areas where you can expect to see improvements.
Dealing with Seasonal Allergies
If you are dealing with seasonal allergies, there are things you can do to make sure that you don’t experience as many challenges. When you see pollen counts begin to rise, it is time for you to start preparing your body for the upcoming bout with allergens. As developments continue to take place, there will be an increased ability to treat allergies, and you should speak to your doctor about any medication you can take to fight common allergies. Besides for medication here are some things you can do to combat allergies.
Make your house a safe place for anyone with allergies. While you might like to have rugs placed all around your house, these areas are prime places for allergens to hide. The fluffier the rug, the more allergens that are likely to be in your home. Dust daily and clean the floors to keep pollen, dust, and other irritants out of your home. When you get back from outings, hang up any outerwear and put your shoes in a safe place, so you don’t bring allergens into the home.
If you usually exercise outdoors, make sure you stay inside when it is dry and windy. If you can avoid exercising outdoors and bring your workout inside, this is an even better strategy. There are plenty of exercises you can do indoors to keep you from inhaling allergens that can cause serious reactions.
Advancements in AI technologies will continue to make it easier for doctors to diagnose and treat allergies. Patients can also keep track of their own health and make better choices because of these advancements. Making sure you are up to date with the latest advancements will ensure you are getting the best results possible when it comes to your health.