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 12 apps are a great place to start. Download one — or download them all — and you’ll soon be on your way to allergy relief.
Find Me Gluten Free
Gluten allergies and intolerance are hot topics these days. While walking through a grocery aisle, you’ve probably come across the words “gluten-free” on various products.
However, eating at restaurants can be more challenging. When those words aren’t present, the Find Me Gluten Free app can help you find gluten-free foods when dining out. This app helps you find restaurants that have gluten-free options as well as stores that contain gluten-free products. There are also average price indications so you can stay gluten-free within your budget. Read ratings from other users and share your own.
First Aid by American Red Cross
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. It can be fatal if you’re not treated quickly.
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 it can walk you through the step-by-step care process.
Yummly Recipes & Grocery Shopping List
Food allergies can certainly feel limiting, especially if you find yourself eating the same meals over and over again. The Yummly Recipes & Grocery Shopping List app makes it so you can feel like you’re eating at an all-star restaurant without putting yourself at risk for food allergy reactions. Simply use the filters on your app to eliminate allergenic foods, and then search for recipes based on these selections. You’ll not only discover safe, healthy foods, but also recipes that are made by top chefs. Build your own virtual recipe box by saving your favorites for future use.
Dining out can be hazardous with food allergies. Cooking your own food means 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 without missing another restaurant outing with your loved ones.
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, and download nutrition information before you even arrive. You can also check reviews from other users and leave your own.
Healthy Diet & Gluten Free, Allergy, GMO Scanner by NxtNutrio
Food allergies and gluten intolerance can make food choices a bit tricky. With this app by NxtNutrio, you’re able to make better, healthier choices. The app first lets you select the foods you’re allergic to or intolerant of, and then gives you alerts if a food you’re researching has one of these items. You’ll also be able to read the nutrition information much easier on your phone compared to the fine print often found on food labels.
As an added bonus, this app helps you find non-GMO foods. Widely used in many packaged products, GMOs are of an increasing concern for possible effects on allergies.
Audio Book – Allergies
Researching and understanding all there is to know about allergies can take hours. If you’re a busy person with a daily commute, work duties, and home chores, finding the time to read about the world of allergies may be difficult. Now you can 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. You’ll also learn about asthma attacks related to allergies and even potential homeopathic allergy treatments you can discuss with your doctor.
Keep up to date on your local weather and pollen forecasts with this allergy app from the makers of Omnaris (ciclesonide), 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.
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. The app can also be used to find other points of interest when you’re allergy-free, such as nearby coffee shops.
The makers of the allergy medication Zyrtec (cetirizine) 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, allergy warnings, 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 and how you’re feeling. You’ll then be able to collect “charms” as you reach milestones in the fight against your allergies.
Getting food for yourself or a loved one with allergies often leaves you frantically searching nutrition labels. With this app, you can make the process easier while saving more time so you can actually enjoy food with your loved ones. Not only does ContentChecked USA provide nutrition information about select foods at the grocery store, but you can also research basic foods ahead of time before you even go shopping.
Select foods you want to avoid, such as milk or tree nuts, and the app will alert you if any items you’re looking for contain these allergens. Save favorite items for future use right on the app so you don’t have to search all over again.
(Apple users can access a “lite” version of the app for free here.)
iEatOut Gluten Free
New 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, or Italian 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.
When it comes to allergies, you might be so focused on your symptoms that you neglect to take your medications on time. Since many over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications can take a few hours to kick in, it’s important to take them before symptoms occur. Med Helper is an app that helps you keep track of all of the medications you take. It’ll even alert you when it’s time to take your allergy medicine so there won’t be any lapses in symptom prevention.
The Med Helper app will also alert you when your prescription is about to run out, including the number of refills you have left. Take notes directly in the app so you can have a more comprehensive discussion about your symptoms next time you see the allergist.
Get the Help You Need
An allergic reaction can range from mild to very severe. Over-the-counter medicines can sometimes provide relief, while a doctor can treat severe reactions. Still, the best way to avoid suffering from allergies is to avoid the allergen in the first place.
Medical care should be your first course of action for food allergy management, but your smart phone can help. These apps are a great way to manage 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.
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 allergy 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 imply warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved them unless otherwise indicated.