The Best Allergy iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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  • Best Allergy Apps of 2014

    Best Allergy Apps of 2014

    When you’re having a sneezing fit from pollen or feeling flushed after accidentally eating a food you’re allergic to, the last thing you may think to grab is your smartphone. But maybe it should be the first: A whole host of smartphone apps are helping people with allergies find better treatments and avoid possible allergen exposure.

    If you’re dealing with allergies, these 13 apps are a great place to start. Download one — or download them all — and you’ll soon be on your way to allergy relief.

  • Zyrtec

    Zyrtec

    iPhone – 3 stars with 2,906 ratings – Free

    Android – 4 stars with 947 ratings – Free

    The makers of the allergy medication Zyrtec bring you an app designed to help you wade through the worst days of allergy season and deal with other common environmental allergies. Although the app is designed to promote Zyrtec and its effects on allergy symptoms, it also has several handy features, including a GPS-determined forecast, an allergy warning, and push notifications that tell you when the pollen count is increasing in your area.

    If you’re trying to monitor your symptoms over several weeks or want to see how a medicine helps, use the app to log your symptoms, how you’re feeling, and what symptoms you’re experiencing.

  • Find Me Gluten Free

    Find Me Gluten Free

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 655 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.5 stars with 2,762 ratings – Free

    It seems that we hear about gluten allergies and gluten intolerance regularly these days. In looking through the grocery aisles or restaurant menus, you’ve probably come across the words “gluten free.” When those words aren’t present, there’s a new tool that can help you make the determination: the Find Me Gluten Free app. This app helps you find restaurants that are gluten-free friendly and stores that contain gluten-free options. Read ratings from other users and share your own. 

  • Audio book – Allergies

    Audio book – Allergies

    Android – 3 stars with 41 ratings – Free

    Researching and understanding all there is to know about allergies can take hours. If you’re a busy person with a daily commute, work, and home chores, finding the time to dig into deep reading about the world of allergies may be difficult. So listen to it instead. This audio app covers a variety of allergy topics, from identifying food additives that may cause an allergic reaction to understanding an allergy skin test.

  • AllergyEats

    AllergyEats

    iPhone – 4 stars with 24 ratings – Free

    Android – 3.8 stars with 34 ratings – Free

    One of the biggest hazards of food allergies is eating out. Cooking your own food helps you know what’s in it and lets you keep potentially dangerous foods out. Restaurant dining, however, is out of your control. The AllergyEats app helps you regain some of that control.

    Use the GPS-based app to find local restaurants that offer menu items suitable for your dietary needs. Learn how willing a kitchen is to work with special requests. You can also check reviews from other users and leave your own. 

  • Food Allergy Detective

    Food Allergy Detective

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 57 ratings – $0.99

    One of the first things your doctor will ask you to do if they suspect you have an undiagnosed food allergy is to start a food diary. You’ll record what you eat, when, and how it makes you feel. But instead of carrying around paper and pen, let your smartphone to be your allergy detective.

    Simply enter what you had to eat, and then update it as symptoms develop or when you remember something about the meal. The app might help you or your doctor uncover possible allergies using the information you enter. 

  • Cook IT Allergy Free

    Cook IT Allergy Free

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 73 ratings – $4.99

    If you have food allergies, cooking at home may seem the safest option for avoiding potential allergens. Still, you have to learn your way around the allergy-free kitchen. This app helps you do just that. It’s loaded with more than 200 recipes and easy suggestions for ingredient substitutions.

    “My son is allergic to wheat, soy, nuts, fish, milk, and eggs. This app helps me keep my sanity by offering me great substitutions for these ingredients,” says Apple user Deep Fried Canadian. Once you’ve found a recipe that works well for you, save it and share it with your friends and family.

  • AllergyManager

    AllergyManager

    iPhone – 3 stars with 178 ratings – Free

    Keep up to date on your local weather and pollen forecasts with this allergy app from the makers of Omnaris, an allergy nasal spray. The app provides a four-day look at your allergy forecast and lets you track your symptoms. You can also rate a variety of symptoms, including sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and congestion on a scale of none to severe.

    If you use Omnaris to manage your allergy symptoms, you can get refill reminders and even discounts and savings when you fill your prescription.

  • AroundMe

    AroundMe

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 123,389 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.1 stars with 14,215 ratings – Free

    It’s easy to get to the nearest hospital or pharmacy when you’re in an environment you know. If you’re traveling, however, it’s easy to get lost. Use AroundMe to locate nearby hospitals, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies to get the medical attention you need fast. Its function is simple, but it could save your life. Allergy attacks can happen suddenly, so finding the help you need is critical.

  • Food Intolerances

    Food Intolerances

    iPhone – 4 stars with 39 ratings – $2.99

    Android – 3.5 stars with 71 ratings – $4.99

    The Internet is a great place to find the resources you need to eat and live well if you have food intolerances or sensitivities. But the volume of information can be overwhelming, to say the least. The Food Intolerances app compiles information on about 700 foods, so you can quickly find out if a food on your plate may make you sick.

    With this app, you can research unknown ingredients while you’re at the grocery store. You can even leave your own comments so other people can learn from what you’ve discovered. In-app purchases expand the app’s library and give you access to even more allergen information.

  • iEatOut Gluten Free

    iEatOut Gluten Free

    iPhone – 3 stars with 57 ratings – $4.99

    Ethnic restaurants can be delicious and exciting, but for people with food allergies, they pose a potential problem: unknown foods. Whether you’re dining at a French, Indian, Italian, or other ethnic restaurant, this app can help you find something that won’t set off your allergies. Simply select your allergens and the type of cuisine you’re enjoying, and the app will tell you what’s best for you.

    Some dishes may be a bit iffy, so the app even gives you questions to ask your server to make sure you’re getting an allergen-free dish that’s safe for you to eat.

  • Food, Calories and Nutrition

    Food, Calories and Nutrition

    Android – 3.7 stars with 60 ratings – Free

    People with food allergies sometimes struggle with achieving a balanced diet. Understanding nutrition becomes extremely important when food allergies limit what you can eat. This app can help you understand the macro and micronutrients of what you’re eating.

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides all of the nutrition information, and you can search from a list of more than 7,600 foods. Add commonly searched items to a favorites list, and view a detailed record of the food’s nutritional components.

  • WhyRiskIt?

    WhyRiskIt?

    iPhone – 5 stars with 18 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.9 stars with 7 ratings – Free

    Food allergies can be isolating for children, teenagers, and young adults. In a time when you’re trying to fit in, your food allergies make you stand out. This app provides great information for people of all ages, but it’s geared toward younger patients.

    Learn about your allergy, how you can avoid a reaction, and what you should do in case of an emergency. The app also links to a blog that has tips, stories, and features written by teenagers and young adults who are facing the same issues you’re facing.

  • First Aid by American Red Cross

    First Aid by American Red Cross

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 5,190 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.6 stars with 4,159 ratings – Free

    Anaphylaxis is a dangerous allergic response. It occurs when your body responds to an allergen by closing your airways, increasing your heart rate, and dilating your blood vessels, among other symptoms. If you’re not treated quickly, it could be fatal.

    You—or anyone nearby—can use this app from the American Red Cross to get the treatment you need in case of an allergy emergency. Tell the app what you’re experiencing, and it will direct you to a nearby hospital. It even lets you call the hospital from the app, and can walk you through the step-by-step care process.

  • Get the Help You Need

    Get the Help You Need

    An allergic reaction can range from mild to very severe. Over-the-counter medicines can sometimes provide relief. And a doctor can treat severe reactions. Still, the best way to avoid suffering from allergies is to avoid the allergen in the first place.

    Your smart phone can help. These apps are a great way to mange your symptoms, find relief, and even find emergency treatment if it’s necessary. From food databases to first-aid guidance, an app on your smartphone may be the answer you and your allergies need.

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these allergy apps based on their potential to aid people in dealing with allergies in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to allergies and the allergies community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make allergies more manageable.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) haven’t approved them unless otherwise indicated.

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