Allergies are irritating at best and life-threatening at worse. And regardless of whether they’re environmental or food-related, the scariest thing about allergies is that they can attack at any time, anywhere.
This is why allergy apps serve such an important purpose: they’re like having a field guide, medical dictionary, cookbook, and first-response resource in your pocket wherever you go.
Though one of the best ways of avoiding symptoms is by avoiding allergens altogether, that’s not always easy. So to be safe, it’s wise for anyone with allergies to consider an app that will tell them what to avoid, how to avoid it, or what to do if symptoms appear.
From apps that give you the daily pollen index to ones that scan ingredient labels for you, here’s a look at 10 mobile apps that utilize the latest tech to provide you with preventative, alternative, or responsive information that can ease symptoms, and maybe even save your life.
Apps like Zyrtec AllergyCast take the guesswork out of allergies. Zyrtec AllergyCast is a free iPhone and Android app created by the allergy and cold medication provider, Zyrtec. The app helps you avoid allergies by tracking the daily pollen index and informing you when it’s high. It analyzes 40,000 zip codes to give you real-time and relevant updates, as well as showing hourly and 10-day weather and allergy forecasts.
WebMD Allergy app has tons of information on indoor, outdoor, and food allergies, and lists treatment options. A cool feature is the app’s journal feature, where you can log your symptoms daily to keep track of your health.
If you’re someone who suffers from seasonal or environmental allergies, chances are you don’t have time every morning to read a detailed report before you step out the door. Allergy Alert is a free app, provided by Pollen.com, that offers visual changes on your screen to let you know immediately whether trees, grass, or ragweed are the culprits outside. That said, Allergy Alert does provide more detailed information for those who need it, including plant descriptions and photographs, 5-day weather and allergy forecasts, and your own personal allergy diary.
Riskier allergies, like food related ones, can include nut, dairy, or fish allergies; and can be life-threatening in many cases. As anybody with high-risk food allergies knows, it’s extremely important to avoid the specific food at all costs. This is particularly challenging when eating out at restaurants because you aren’t in control of what’s going into your dish. For this, you should check out the AllergyEats app. The peer-based feedback app came out in 2010 and lets you see restaurant menus, ingredient information, and reviews p