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Allergies are caused by your immune system’s overreaction to a particular substance. This can cause symptoms that range from uncomfortable, like itching and sneezing, to medical emergencies.
There are lots of different types of allergies, including allergies to food, medications, insect stings, animal dander, mold, and pollen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, costing over $18 billion yearly.
One of the best ways to stay symptom-free is to avoid the triggers for your allergies. This is especially important for people with food allergies: The reactions can be life-threatening.
But avoiding allergens is easier said than done. These apps help remove some of the guesswork by providing allergy info on the go, like telling you what’s in the environment and which ingredients are in store-bought foods.
Zyrtec Allergycast Pollen Count Tracker
Anyone with seasonal allergies knows just how unpleasant being outdoors can be when the pollen count is high. Zyrtec, a medication used to treat cold or allergy symptoms, also has its own app to help you track the daily pollen index. The app analyzes weather using 41,000 zip codes and search and social media trends to bring you a forecast of the effect weather conditions may have on your allergies. Get access to hourly 10-day weather and allergy forecasts with the ability to customize notifications to tell you when pollen is high.
Allergies and How to Cure Them
If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with an allergy, it can seem overwhelming. This app is an audiobook with information on types of allergies and treatments. The text in each section can be read from the screen or listened to using the audio function. In order for the audio portion to work, your phone must have text-to-speech (TTS) technology and an internet connection.
It can be hard to eat out with a food allergy, especially if your allergy is severe. AllergyEats has been available since 2010. It provides peer-based feedback on how accommodating restaurants are to the needs of guests with food allergies or intolerances. View menus and reviews of thousands of U.S. restaurants and rate your own experience for others to see. You can also save favorites, make reservations, get directions, and earn points for adding your own reviews and comments.
AroundMe uses your current location to quickly find all the businesses and services nearby. The app locates everything from hospitals to restaurants. It gives a list of all the businesses in each category and then shows you the distance and route from where you are.
iEatOut Gluten Free & Allergy Free
Finding a restaurant that’s food allergy safe is tricky enough without a language barrier. iEatOut helps you order cuisines from different cultures while steering clear of gluten, peanuts, soy, wheat, dairy, or other ingredients. Its ethnic food database has menu items, ingredient lists, food preparation, and cross contamination information. It also offers restaurant terms to use when ordering. Take the app abroad: It works offline with no international roaming charges and no Wi-Fi connection.
First Aid by American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has been supplying medical aid and life-saving services for over 100 years. Now they’re providing expert first aid advice through their app. Videos, quizzes, and step-by-step instructions give information on different first aid scenarios, including anaphylaxis. You can also call 911 from the app.
Healthy Pantry & Allergy, GMO Scanner NxtNutrio
It’s not always easy to know what’s in your food. Manufacturers use complex terms to name ingredients on their labels. NxtNutrio does the work for you. Scan a label with the app and get an explanation of what each ingredient is and how it affects your health. The app also lets you personalize it with your own eating preferences, including avoiding gluten and other allergens.
Yummly helps you gather recipes from a variety of websites using your own personal taste preferences. It lets you pull from large recipe websites as well as small blogs, so you can save recipes that don’t use the food you’re allergic to. The app also makes shopping and meal planning more efficient by organizing your shopping list based on selected recipes and allowing you to schedule a reminder to start cooking to eat by a certain time.
Have you ever found a recipe you really want to try, but you’re allergic to something on the ingredient list? Instead of passing on the recipe, try Substitutions to help find an alternative ingredient. The app gives a list of substitute ingredients that work in place of alcohol, nuts, seafood, gluten, and other allergies and dietary preferences. Some categories, like dairy and gluten-free, have over 100 substitution options to choose from.
Sometimes food sensitives or allergies can be hard to figure out if they’re causing discomfort without it being a medical emergency. You might not realize what you ate that caused the reaction. Foody allows you to keep a diary of the food you eat and any symptoms experienced after. When you record meals and symptoms over a few days, the app can help you find a pattern. You can also export the diary as a PDF to share with a doctor or nutritionist.
Checking labels to avoid allergies can be time-consuming. Allergy Basket helps you keep track of allergy-safe products once you find them. You can create a list for your next shopping trip using the saved items from previous trips as well as make a list of ingredients to avoid. The app doesn’t identify ingredients as allergens on its own. You’ll need to input which products are safe for you and your family.
ShopWell scans ingredient lists for you based on a personal profile you create. The app then helps you find foods that match your interests in the store where you’re shopping. It also has alerts for a variety of food allergies to help you avoid buying items you’re allergic to.