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When you have an allergy, avoiding your trigger becomes a way of life. But it’s not always easy.

Food allergies can be challenging when you eat out, and seasonal allergies can make it difficult to be outside at times. The good news? Technology may be able to help.

We chose the year’s best allergy apps for their quality content, reliability, great reviews, and ability to help you avoid allergens of all kinds.

AroundMe

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.3 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

When you live with allergies, easy access to what you need when you need it can be important. Find the closest hospital, restaurant, supermarket, and other business in your immediate vicinity with AroundMe. This robust app gives you instant information about your surroundings, pinpointing nearby places of interest on a map and providing the best routes from your starting point. Add the details to your contact list or email it to a friend, and get where you want to go.

Medical ID: In Case of Emergency

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free

Store all of your essential medical and allergy information in one place with this app. In an emergency, it can help friends, family members, colleagues, or medical providers get a quick snapshot of your health details, including your allergies, height, weight, blood type, and other crucial information. This can help them make informed decisions about treatment that could save your life or prevent complications.

Yummly Recipes + Shopping List

iPhone rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Yummly features more than 2 million recipes that you can personalize to your tastes and dietary needs. Just plug in your allergies and preferences, and it’ll dish up recipes you’ll love. Follow the step-by-step guided recipes, collect and save your favorites, and even find recipes you can make with ingredients on hand.

AllergyEats

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 3.8 stars

Price: Free

If you’ve got food allergies, you can only eat so many things at many popular restaurants. This app helps walk you through the most allergy-friendly restaurants for a variety of food allergies, breaks down menu items that are safe to eat, and even organizes restaurant listings by major cities like New York City and Washington, D.C., and attractions like Walt Disney World.

mySymptoms Food Diary & Symptom Tracker

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: $3.99

This app helps you track your symptoms, allergy episodes, bowel movements, and any other major events. It can help you better understand the patterns of your allergies and what diet, lifestyle, or exercise routines may trigger your worst symptoms and how to manage them.

Food Intolerances

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.0 stars

Price: $6.99 for iPhone, $4.99 for Android

Understanding your food allergies can be overwhelming when they involve so many variables of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. The Food Intolerances app helps you make sense of the science behind food allergies for a number of different types, including gluten-free and peanut allergies. It also helps you dive deep into the details around histamine intolerances, carbohydrate malabsorption, and many other interactions that result in food allergies. Then, you can build your diet around your knowledge to help prevent uncomfortable or life threatening allergy symptoms.

Cara Care: IBS, FODMAP Tracker

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Android rating: 4.8 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Bowel conditions aren’t the same for each person with IBS, IBD, or FODMAP intolerances. The Cara Care app helps you track your symptoms and log how your body responds to different foods and nutrients. It can help you better understand your triggers, keep an eye on your bowel movements, and see detailed analytics on the interactions between your diet, lifestyle, and overall health so that your gut symptoms don’t take over your life.

The Gluten Free Scanner

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Android rating: 4.0 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Not sure if something is gluten-free? Just scan the barcode. This app contains a database of over half a million products so that you can always be sure that a food, ingredient, or beverage won’t trigger gluten intolerance symptoms. It can help you better understand why exactly a certain food isn’t gluten-free, building your knowledge of how your diet can work best.

Find Me Gluten Free

iPhone rating: 4.9 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Don’t worry about eating out when you’re gluten-free. The Find Me Gluten Free app can be used to search through the menus of thousands of restaurants to find gluten-free options, whether you’re looking by location, menu items, or specific meals (like brunch or drinks). The app also lets you make a reservation and save your favorite restaurants for future reference.

My Pollen Forecast

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free

Track pollen count to keep your allergies under control with My Pollen Forecast. The stylish app shares hay fever forecasts and includes a diary for tracking your symptoms for greater insight. Check out maps of local areas with the highest pollen count and learn about the pollens that affect you the most.

Plume Air Report

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.2 stars

Price: Free

Check the air quality wherever you are or wherever you’re going with Plume Air Report. The app features real-time air quality data, plus 24-hour forecasts so you can plan ahead. This worldwide air quality forecaster is also designed to give you customized recommendations about the best time for your favorite outdoor activities so you can keep pollution exposure to a minimum.

Melbourne Pollen Count

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free

Pollen can be a huge allergy problem in big cities where other air quality issues, such as traffic and industrial pollution, can also trigger your allergies and other health concerns. The Melbourne Pollen app gives you 7-day forecasts for the entire Melbourne pollen season from early October to late December. With it, you can plan your activities around pollen exposure to reduce the severity of your symptoms and avoid asthma symptoms caused by big thunderstorms in the area.

AirVisual Air Quality Forecast

iPhone rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free

Get real-time and 7-day forecast air quality data for PM2.5, PM10, NO2, and other critical airborne pollutants for over 60,000 locations. The data comes from official government sources like NASA as well as crowdsourced AirVisual Pro air quality monitors by IQAir, a leading air quality information and technology company. Get recommendations based on your air quality data so that you can decide how to go about your day avoiding air pollution exposure and protect your health.

Air Quality – Air Care

iPhone rating: 4.9 stars

Android rating: 4.7 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Learn what your air quality is at any time, with live data presented in charts and maps for your air quality index and other common, dangerous pollutants like PM10 and PM2.5. Keep track of other dangerous outdoor health threats, such as UV exposure and pollen, and learn why clean air is important with the app’s mascot Breezy.

If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.