Allergies and intolerances are an issue for many of us. While some people might simply suffer from an easily avoidable food allergy, another might struggle with multiple different serious allergies. Problems with Hayfever at this time of year are no joke.
We’ve rounded up 10 apps that hope to make it a little easier and a little safer to live with whatever you’re allergic to.
1. AllergyEats (Free)
AllergyEats is a guide to all food allergy-friendly restaurants across the United States. Via sharing of real experiences from other diners, you can quickly find how simple it is to dine somewhere regardless of what allergy you may have. Menus for over 425,000 restaurants are available, along with comments on how things can be adapted. Contact details and OpenTable reservations are also available.
2. Find Me Gluten Free (Free)
As the name suggests, Find Me Gluten Free focuses on those with gluten allergies. It offers up local business ratings and reviews, details of gluten-free menus and directions for anywhere you might want to visit. Besides restaurants, it includes details for bakeries and other local firms.
3. AllergyManager (Free)
For those suffering from nasal allergies, AllergyManager makes it quick and simple to look up daily pollen counts, 4-day allergy forecasts and tips on how to cope. You can also use it to track your symptoms and severity, making it ideal for reporting back to your doctor.
4. Asthma Ally (Free)
Asthma Ally is there to help you figure out what might be triggering your asthma or allergies. It tracks airborne irritants near you such as pollen, dust and the ozone. You can keep a log of daily symptoms before taking approved clinical evaluations each week to figure things out before your next doctor’s appointment.
5. ContentChecked (Free)
Living with a food allergy or intolerance makes it trickier to shop safely for groceries. ContentChecked simplifies the process. Scan a product’s bar code, and the app will immediately tell you if it’s safe for your needs. It’s particularly useful for those suffering from dairy or nut allergies, given their prevalence in many different products. It’s quick, too.
6. First Aid by American Red Cross (Free)
In case of an allergy attack, you want to know how best to deal with it. First Aid by American Red Cross offers up simple step by step instructions for what to do in such a situation, amongst many others. With safety tips and videos demonstrating, it’s wise to consult it just in case, as well as during an episode.
7. WebMD Allergy (Free)
WebMD offers a wealth of health information, and its Allergy focused app is just as great. It offers a personalized allergy and weather forecast each day, along with tips customized to your specific allergies. You can track how you feel, while consulting the app’s extensive library of allergy articles and videos.
8. NxtNutrio: Healthy Diet & Gluten Free, Allergy, GMO Scanner ($3.99)
NxtNutrio is a little old, but it’s still useful. Simply scan a product barcode, and the app can tell you if a product contains any food allergens, MSG, GMO or gluten. It’ll save you from reading labels too deeply, while also informing you of other ingredients you might want to avoid.
9. Zyrtec Allergycast (Free)
Zyrtec Allergycast might encourage you to buy Zyrtec products, but it’s also pretty useful in its own right. It gives you the local pollen index for each day, while reporting on how it might affect you. A 10-day forecast gives you plenty of extensive insight, along with notification alerts for when pollen is high in your area. It’s stylishly done.
10. Allergy Journal ($0.99)
Feel like you have an allergy or intolerance but can’t place what the issue is? Allergy Journal helps you keep track of everything, day by day, allowing you to list when your symptoms go from mild to severe. Collected up together, it’ll offer some insight into what could be happening and what issues you could be suffering from. It’s a real timesaver.