The 12 Best Allergy iPhone & Android Apps of 2013
Best Allergy Apps of 2013
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that 7.8 percent of adults have hay fever. Additionally, 13 percent of adults have sinusitis, a severe sinus inflammation due to allergic reaction. In children, 10 percent have hay fever, 8 percent have food allergies, and 13 percent have skin allergies.
Effects of allergies can range from annoying to debilitating to life threatening. It’s not just itchy eyes and hives—allergies can ruin your day. They can even put you in the hospital. These apps can help you keep track of what might trigger your allergies.
Sponsored by the makers of Zyrtec, the ZYRTEC® AllergyCast app offers information on how Zyrtec can alleviate your allergy symptoms, whether they're caused by outdoor allergies, pets, dust, or other allergens.
With the ZYRTEC® AllergyCast app, you'll receive a GPS-based allergy forecast for today and tomorrow along with the day's top allergens for your area. You can arrange, mark as favorite, and save your primary locations. Then you can receive pollen alerts, as well as pollen and weather forecasts, quickly and easily.
The new symptom tracker allows you to log symptoms. You can also track how you are feeling to pinpoint which allergens affect you the most.
Find Me Gluten Free
Celiac disease damages the lining of the small intestine. The damage results from eating gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. Celiac disease affects 3 million Americans, according to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.
Some researchers suggest other autoimmune diseases are affected by gluten. Many people are interested in a gluten-free diet to reduce inflammation in the body.
The Find Me Gluten Free app helps you locate gluten-free friendly restaurants and markets. Peruse ratings and reviews, menus, allergen lists, and more directly from the app.
Allergy & Gluten Free Scanner
Created by dietitians and concerned parents, the Allergy & Gluten Free Scanner by Fooducate app, has a growing database of over 200,000 unique products in the US.
This app informs you about gluten as well as allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, lactose, fish, shellfish, egg, and soy in your favorite foods. It even offers safe alternative suggestions.
Automatically scan a product UPC barcode, search for products, or browse by categories and get a complete nutritional analysis. With this app, you can make more appropriate choices for you and your family.
Audio Book - Allergies
Android – 3.5 stars with 31 ratings – 10K-50K installs – Free
It can take hours or even days to research allergies. “Audio book – allergies” is an app that helps you to learn quickly and easily just by listening. Put it on during your morning commute or listen while you work out or run errands.
This comprehensive text-to-speech audio book will teach you everything you need to know about allergies. Topics include the basics on allergies, how to prevent them, how to test for them, where to seek help, and even alternative medicine options. No matter which tactic you take, all this information will help you feel confident that you're making an informed decision.
If you suffer from food allergies, the AllergyEats Mobile app makes where to eat out simple. The GPS locator finds the closest options to keep you healthy and well fed, despite your dietary restrictions.
This popular app offers invaluable reviews from peers with allergies about how restaurants accommodate the needs of food-allergic and gluten-intolerant customers. You'll be able to find allergy-friendly restaurants on the go while traveling. You can get contact info or directions, as well as valuable information including allergen lists, nutrition data, and more. Best of all, bring it all right to your table, all with the touch of a button.
Food Allergy Detective
iPhone – 4 stars with 56 ratings – $3.99
To get to the bottom of your food allergies, you generally need to perform diligent detective work. It takes time, organization, and copious notes to track down food culprits. Enter Food Allergy Detective.
This popular app allows you to quickly and easily track and analyze your food intake and symptom flare-ups with its user-friendly journal. Just check foods and symptoms, hit save, and you'll be alerted to potential food sensitivities. You can also input times, dates, and detailed notes.
The app also alerts you to potential problems and shows detailed graphs to see trends in your symptoms and diet. Take this information with you to the doctor or nutritionist to help them formulate dietary recommendations.
Cook IT Allergy Free
iPhone – 3.5 stars with 72 ratings – $4.99
Praised by Bon Appétit magazine as one of the 8 best healthy cooking apps, Cook IT Allergy Free is the go-to app for allergen-free cooking. The app can support allergy-free diets with more than 200 recipes. More recipes and beautiful images are added all the time.
The app makes it simple to replace allergy-causing ingredients with safe substitutions, already correctly calculated to fit your recipe. Customize your recipes, create grocery lists, and save them in a recipe box for offline access. Then share them through email or social media with just the press of a few buttons.
iPhone – 3.5 stars with 179 ratings – Free
Omnaris nasal spray is one medication option for treating nasal allergy symptoms. Omnaris sponsors this free AllergyManager app to help you do exactly that — manage your nasal allergy symptoms.
With AllergyManager, you'll receive easy-to-read, four-day allergy forecasts for your location anywhere in the US. This also includes updates with daily pollen counts, a yearlong symptoms diary, refill reminders, and discounts on Omnaris and co-pay options.
It’s great to have an app that tells you where the closest bar, gas station or taxi is. But if you have severe allergies, an app like AroundMe could save your life.
AroundMe includes the ability to find the closest hospital. If you have severe allergies such as bee stings or peanuts, getting to the hospital quickly can be a life or death matter.
Whether close to home or travelling abroad, AroundMe should be able to help you find medical attention fast. Hospitals, pharmacies and more are a tap away.
That plate looks yummy, but what exactly is in it? Can it make you sick? If you require a restricted diet to prevent bad reactions from food intolerances, it’s crucial that you have easy access to information about what is in what you are about to eat. The Food Intolerances app includes information on over 700 different foods.
Topics include carbohydrate malabsorption, histamine intolerance, aspirin, and intolerance. Foods are also rated if they contain gluten, milk, or egg proteins. The app includes Wikipedia articles on all foods. Also included are quick filters for selecting suitable foods and easy shopping lists.
Additional in-app purchases can give you in-depth nutritional facts. Another package gives more allergy information on cross-reactivity with birch, grass pollen, nightshades, legumes, latex, tree nuts, and more.
Prevent tummy trouble and rash woes and look into Food Intolerances!
iEatOut Gluten Free and Allergen Free
iPhone – 3 stars with 57 ratings – $2.99
Eating out with allergies just got easier with iEatOut Gluten Free and Allergen Free from AllergyFree Passport. It’s focused on ethnic restaurants like Chinese, Indian, French, Mexican, Thai, and Italian. The list of menu options is 100 percent offline, so you can browse anywhere, any time.
This app gives you the knowledge to avoid gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, peanuts, soy, corn, fish, and shellfish. It includes advice on how to ask the right questions to determine if food is safe from cross contamination. Find out if what you are ordering fits your dietary needs.
Food, Calories and Nutrition
Android – 4.2 stars with 33 ratings – 10K-50K installs – Free
Just the food facts, ma’am! The Food, Calories and Nutrition app is a comprehensive listing of nutritional information for over 7600 foods. No fuss, no diary entries, just solid nutrition info from the USDA about vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
If you are suffering from food allergies or intolerance, building a balanced diet while avoiding trouble-causing foods is made easier with good quality information. This app can help supply suggestions for healthy eating with nutritional information from the best sources.
Apps Can Make Allergy Life Easier
From avoiding trigger foods to managing your medications, living life with allergies can be an organizational nightmare. Working with your doctor to find out what treatments give you the most relief is the most important step in allergy management.
But there are plenty of tools out there, like these great apps, which can help make life with allergies just a little bit easier. From comprehensive databases to scheduling a doctor’s appointment, every little bit helps make your day a little less stressful. Apps can make allergy management less of a sneeze, and more of a breeze.
We selected these allergy apps based on their potential to aid people who suffer from allergies. Additional factors included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to patients’ needs. This list represents a wide range of helpful iPhone and Android apps that make it easier to manage allergies.
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.
- Allergy Statistics. (2013). American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Retrieved August 5, 2013, from http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics.aspx