By Heather Legg
The other night I was searching for some new iPod apps, and I searched “allergies.” I guess it’s no surprise considering what’s out there, but you wouldn’t believe how many allergy apps showed up, and here are just some of them:
Allergy & Immunology Headline News
If you have allergies to spores, pollen, ragweed, etc., then this is the site for you! Get the latest maps of where the problem spots are across the United States and then get the latest news on allergies, remedies, and medications below.
Don’t Eat That
Helps decipher food labels providing information on over 1500 food additives and ingredients. Great for taking to the grocery store.
icanEat OntheGo Gluten & Allergy Free
Personalize fast food menus with 9 common food allergens (eggs, fish, gluten, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat) for meal options from 15 fast food chain restaurants and 10 addressing gluten. This app customizes menu items to your food concerns and you can view only items you can eat.
Gluten Free Restaurant Cards
Allows people with gluten allergies and Celiac disease to more easily dine out. Over 40 card images are available in many languages to show to restaurant servers explaining the condition.
Similar to the above app, but covers over 45 food allergies and over 30 languages. You custom design your card with the food, the language and the message (which have been created by professional native speaking translators). Now you have it on your iPod to show your server as you travel. I bought allergy cards when we traveled out of the country, but this is great because you don’t need to keep up with cards, you can customize your message in many languages and for many allergens, and it is very cost effective because it’s on your iPod. Great app!
Severe Allergy Coach
This app helps you know what to do if you are in an emergency event that requires allergic reaction assistance. It provides yes/no questions and step by step instructions. Of course, nothing beats trained medical assistance, but in case of emergency, sometimes it’s not available.
Provides an emergency contact list and a central place to record medications and allergies. Customized entries available. May not be as good as a medical bracelet as emergency responders would have to search the app. Couldn’t hurt, though, as extra support.