We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people living with allergies. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at [email protected].

If you have any type of allergy, you know the best way to avoid a reaction is to avoid your trigger. But staying away from some things can be easier than others. Food allergies make it especially hard to eat at restaurants because not all kitchens are allergy safe. Seasonal allergies, on the other hand, are also difficult to avoid because they’re airborne.

Living with allergies is not only inconvenient at times, but can also be dangerous. These apps use technology to make your life easier by helping you stay away from allergens, whether that’s gluten, nuts, or pollen.

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This app takes the guesswork out of checking food labels. Use it at the grocery store to scan barcodes and get a full ingredient list and nutrition panel. You can set preferences for ingredients you want to avoid, like gluten and lactose, or other allergy triggers. The app also lets you rate different products and view ratings from other users.

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Recommendations are a great way to discover new restaurants, but ratings don’t always include whether or not a place is allergy-friendly. AllergyEats has been a trusted companion to diners with allergies since 2010. The app supports user ratings from over 850,000 restaurants in the United States. Before trying a new restaurant, use the app to view comments, ratings, and recommendations from other users with food allergies. Tell others about your experiences as well.

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Price: Free

Preparing food at home is a great way to make sure your meal doesn’t include allergens. Yummly helps you to collect recipes based on your personal preferences. Use the app to scan popular recipe websites and blogs, and save the ones you like to your collection. It will also create a grocery list based on any recipe and allow you to shop for cooking tools right inside the app.

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Price: $1.99

Food allergies can stop you from enjoying certain recipes — but what if you could swap the item you’re allergic to with something else? Substitutions helps you do just that. Find alternatives for ingredients like alcohol, nuts, seafood, gluten, and other allergies or dietary restrictions. Some categories, like gluten, have over 100 options to use instead.

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Price: Free with in-app purchases

If you have a food sensitivity or mild allergy, you might not know the trigger. Food diaries can be incredibly useful when you’re trying to figure out what’s causing your discomfort. Foody makes it easy to log what you ate and what symptoms you experienced after eating. After a few days of logs, the app will look for patterns. You can then export your food diary to a PDF and share it with a doctor or nutritionist. For serious users, Foody notes that in-app purchases are recommended.

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Grocery shopping can be time-consuming when you’re trying to read lots of ingredient labels. Save time scanning for allergens on food labels with Allergy Basket. The app lets you make an “avoid” list of ingredients you or your family can’t eat. It will also save a list of foods you’ve marked as safe to make future trips to the store faster.

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Price: Free

ShopWell gives personal recommendations based on your health goals. Create a personal profile with food interests and allergies. The app helps you find things you like at the store based on preferences, and has alerts to help you avoid foods you’ve recorded as off-limits due to allergies.

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If you live with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, you know how important it is to avoid gluten. The Gluten Free Scanner has a database of over 500,000 products, listing whether or not an item contains gluten. Use the app to search by product name, brand, or category to make a decision about what to buy.

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Access expert advice from the in the palm of your hand. Learn what you need to know and have, in order to be prepared in an emergency This app shows you with quizzes, step-by-step instructions, and videos on different first aid scenarios, including anaphylaxis. You can also call 911 directly from the app.

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Price: Free

Allergy Pollen Count provides information on pollen and mold counts from air samples analyzed by Pollen Certified Counters of the National Allergy Bureau. Check for reports on different types of airborne allergens based on your location. The app also includes educational videos by a board-certified allergist.

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Managing asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms can be tricky. You may not remember how often to use an inhaler or be able to tell how well a medication is working for you. Propeller Health works with asthma and COPD inhalers to collect data you can then share with your healthcare team. A small sensor clips to the inhaler and records how often you use it. You can also rate your symptoms and how well they’re being controlled.

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Price: Free

My Pollen Forecast makes it easy for you to stay up-to-date on pollen counts all over the United States. Use the app to view a pollen forecast for up to several days, including wind, temperature, and humidity. You can also keep record of symptoms and monitor how you feel with different pollen counts and types.

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Knowing the daily air quality report is especially helpful if you have allergies or asthma. Air Matters gives you access to data from over 10,000 monitoring stations for over 50 countries. It provides both pollen and pollution alerts for your location and lets you view air quality standards based on each county. You can remove the ads for just $0.99, which also helps fund future developments.

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Use Plume Air Report to plan outdoor activities during times when the air quality is best. The app offers real-time reports, hour by hour, based on your location worldwide. The clear display makes it easy to access current information and historical data, helping you learn more about the air you breathe.