If you’re an allergy sufferer in Canada, you may know how horrible it is around this time of the year, when pollen counts explode, alongside your sinuses.
According allergy medication Reactine’s latest 2018 Allergy Field Report, pollen and hay fever are the leading causes of allergies in Canada, with allergens increasing significantly from 2011 to 2017. The company’s latest study says 10 million Canadians, or about 40 per cent of the population, suffer from seasonal or year-round allergies.
To ease allergy sufferers, Reactine says it has officially applied to the Unicode Consortium to advocate for an ‘allergy feels’ emoji, with hopes for it to be approved and soon used on your smartphone. Check it out below:
Reactine has launched a change.org petition as well to get consumer support behind their allergy emoji, which so far only has 321 signatures (of its 500 goals).
According to Dr. Susan Waserman, a Canadian Allergist & Clinical Immunologist, in a statement to iPhone in Canada, “Allergy symptoms can be exhausting and have a real impact on mood and quality of life, by interfering with sleep, work and social activity. And yet, this recent study found that 1 in 5 allergy sufferers do not use any sort of treatment.”
The study says Canadians suffering from allergies noted symptoms impacted their concentration, along with productivity at work and home.
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies–and do you want an ‘allergy feels’ emoji on your iPhone?