Allergy season is upon us, meaning plenty of sniffing and sneezing, while sighing at high pollen warnings on the TV. While no app can magically cure your symptoms, there are a wealth of apps out there that can help offer advice or simply warn you of a particularly significant threat.
Here’s our round-up of 10 apps to help you during hay fever season, as well as live with other year-round allergies.
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1. WebMD Allergy (Free) - WebMD Allergy is an app that loves to keep you informed of what's going on, while also assisting in alleviating your symptoms. It provides up-to-date allergen levels based on your location, with individual profiles for your whole family. There's a symptom checker for reports of seasonal issues in your area, as well as a library of articles about all kinds of allergies. An allergy diary completes the app, so you can always track how you're doing.
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2. Hay Fever Relief (Free) - Tap in your symptoms, and Hay Fever Relief does its best to work out the perfect treatment plan for you. Think of it as a kind of interactive self-help book, offering a plethora of tips, pharmaceutical recommendations, as well as alternative medicine ideas. It'll help you keep track of the pollen count in your area, too.
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3. First Aid by American Red Cross (Free) - The American Red Cross's app isn't just for allergies, meaning it's even more useful. It offers videos, quizzes and step-by-step advice for a number of different medical situations. Where it proves most useful here is its first aid section for allergies that get out of hand or an asthma attack, potentially being a real help in a crisis.
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4. Zyrtec AllergyCast (Free) - Using a Daily Allergy Impact meter, AllergyCast gives you a heads up on when pollen count is high and when you should expect to feel some difficulties because of it. Alongside that is an hourly 10-day weather and allergy forecast, so you can plan ahead. Symptom tracking and updates on local people's suffering helps you keep on top of things.
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5. Pollen.com (Free) - Pollen.com doesn't just stick with general allergy tracking, it goes in-depth too. The app offers information on major allergens such as oak, cedar, juniper and grass, with detailed descriptions and images so you know your enemy. An allergy diary assists you in tracking your symptoms, with a 5-day up-to-date forecast keeping you in the loop.
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6. Allergy Pollen Count (Free) - Retrieving information from the Pollen Certified Counters of the National Allergy Bureau, Allergy Pollen Count offers up-to-date information on pollen and mold counts. The app separates different types of allergens, so if you suffer from a particular sensitivity, you can know exactly what's going on. Alongside that comes weather details, highlighting how it can affect pollen potency.
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7. AllergyEats (Free) - Food allergies are an even more significant issue than pollen allergies, with AllergyEats helping you while dining out. The app offers extensive lists of allergy-friendly restaurants, wherever you are in the US. An allergy-friendliness rating gives you a heads up on what to expect, and there are menus available for over 425,000 US restaurants. You can check out customer comments too.
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8. SafeEats (Free) - Offering food allergy advice while grocery shopping, SafeEats lets you scan food barcodes to immediately be alerted of any potential risks. You can check out full lists of product ingredients, while having the app highlight potential issues for your needs. You can easily share results with others too.
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9. ipiit (Free) - Keeping an eye out for allergy triggers such as gluten, lactose, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame and more, ipiit is ideal for those maintaining specific diets, as well as dodging various ingredients. it offers up alternative products where relevant, with a rating system encouraging users to help each other.
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10. mySymptoms ($2.99) - Trying to work out if your health issues are down to an allergy? Wondering if it's the pollen count or something you're eating? mySymptoms is a journalling app for exactly that. You can use it to record your energy, sleep quality, stress levels, as well as what you're eating, all to try to work out a link in the state of your health. A symptoms section means you can keep an eye on when your hay fever is particularly flaring, and wherever there's a link to other things in your life. It's a hypochondriac's dream, but it's also ideal for those who need to pinpoint an issue.