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Allergies are the 5th most common form of disease. They occur when your immune system overreacts to something it considers harmful. This reaction can range anywhere from mild to life-threatening. It might include rash, hives, sneezing, swelling, a stuffy nose, asthma, or anaphylaxis.
Allergens can come from pollen, pollution, food, insect stings or bites, and medications. It is also possible to have an allergy to certain pets and mold. While there are medications that help suppress allergic reactions or help alleviate them once they happen, it is sometimes easier or necessary to just avoid the cause of your allergic reaction. We have found the best apps to help you manage your allergies and their symptoms. From pollen counts to finding the best allergy-friendly restaurants, these apps make allergies a little easier to live with.
Allergies and How to Cure Them
This app is actually an audiobook that will help you learn more about allergies, symptoms, and treatments. If you’re just beginning to figure out what is causing your symptoms, or you have a new reaction and want to know what to do, this is an excellent resource, with an easily navigable menu that will help you find what you need when you need it.
When you have to ask for your food to be made without certain ingredients, some restaurants are very accommodating, but others still lag when it comes to customer service. How can you find out which restaurants fall into which category? AllergyEats. Restaurants are rated by whether or not they are able or willing to accommodate specific allergies. Each restaurant rating is categorized by specific food allergies like peanuts, milk, or gluten.
Nasal allergies can be among the most aggravating, but there are many ways to manage them. This app lets you track seasonal allergens, pollen counts, and the severity of your symptoms. All of this can then be accessed in an easy to read chart. This helps you know what causes the worst of each of your nasal symptoms: sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and itchy nose. You will also be able to see what the local pollen count will be over the next few days so you can plan accordingly. And a handy medication refill reminder will ensure that you have your medications when you need them most.
When you travel, finding the things you need to manage your allergies can be difficult. With the AroundMe app, you can find whatever you need. If you have a favorite restaurant chain that caters to your allergy needs, check the app to see if there’s a nearby branch. If you have an unexpected allergic reaction, find the nearest hospital or pharmacy that carries your medication. Depending on your allergy, you may need to stay with only certain hotel chains, and you can plan ahead by seeing which are available in each city you plan to visit.
ContentChecked USA is another great app that will save you time and stress at the grocery store if you have a food allergy. When you scan the bar code of each item, the app flags the ingredients that match your saved allergens list. When you find a food that is safe and that you like, you can save it as a favorite to remember later. The app also contains a great database of recipes for dishes you can prepare at home without the ingredients that cause your allergic reactions.
Find Me Gluten Free
Eating out at restaurants can be frustrating when you have a gluten allergy. The Find Me Gluten Free app finds restaurants in your area that have gluten free menus and options, along with customer reviews. Once you decide on a place, the app will give you directions, take you to their website, or let you call for reservations. It is easy to use and well laid out.
First Aid by American Red Cross
Sometimes accidents happen, and you are exposed to an allergen you didn’t know was there. Other times, new allergies are uncovered. Whatever the situation, you need to know how to best handle an allergic reaction when you have one. This app offers step-by-step, easy to understand information on what to do when you have an allergic reaction. It can connect you immediately with 911, so first aid is available anytime, anywhere.
Healthy Food, Allergens, GMO by NxtNutrio
Food allergies usually mean lots of label reading and long trips to the grocery store. This app will save you time and possibly even lessen the amount of allergic reactions you experience. You select your specific allergies and then, instead of reading through all the ingredients, just scan the item’s barcode to find out if it contains your allergen. Best of all, the app will actually suggest some alternatives for the item that don’t contain your allergens.
iEatOut Gluten Free
If you travel a lot or simply have an eclectic palate, managing food allergies can be challenging. The iEatOut app makes things easier: Just choose from a list of food allergies, then search for the type of food you are in the mood for, like Indian or Mexican. The app will then give you a large database of the dishes, sauces, preparation methods, and cross-contamination issues that might be problematic for your specific allergy. Once you select a dish, it will tell you whether or not your allergen is present, and what alternatives you might be able to order instead.
Med Helper Pill Reminder
Taking medications regularly and on time can be crucial to managing your allergies. This app takes the worry out of the equation by sending you reminders when it is time for each medication. It will even track medications that you only take as needed to chart how often you use them, which might be helpful for you and your doctor. It even tracks the expiration dates of these as-needed medications and sends you a reminder if they are getting close to expiration. This is also a great app if you manage several people’s meds, with the option to add multiple profiles.
Have a recipe you want to try, but you’re allergic to one or more of the ingredients? Substitutions can help. It features a database of multiple alternate ingredients you can use instead of an ingredient you are allergic to. It’s also a great option if you have a restricted or special diet, such as if you’re gluten-free, vegan, low carbohydrate, and more. This app makes it easy to use almost any recipe and adapt it to your needs.
Yummly Recipes & Recipe Box
If you love to cook, you will love this app. Not only are there thousands of recipes laid out in an organized and colorful database, but Yummly can add the ingredients for whichever dish you’re hungry for to your shopping list. And if you really want to simplify things, you can have your entire shopping list delivered to your door. Sort through recipes based on many factors, including food allergies. Then, once you find a recipe you love, you can save it, share it, or review it.
When it comes to seasonal allergies or allergies to pollen, half the battle is figuring out which types of pollen cause your allergy symptoms. The Zyrtec app helps you track the daily pollen count as well as your symptoms. Once you have that information, the app shows you what the pollen count will be in the next week in your area. You can then plan your activities accordingly and try to avoid being outside on the worst days.