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Food allergy apps can help you to determine what food products are safe for you to eat and those that could be problematic.

If you have food allergies, the best way to deal with them is to avoid the foods that trigger your symptoms. However, this can be tough, despite your best efforts. So, we have found the best apps that help you to sort safe foods from the potentially harmful ones.

A food allergy is when the immune system reacts after eating a certain food. The body’s immune system mistakenly handles particular proteins found in food as a threat.

A small amount of the allergy-causing food can cause itching in the mouth, throat, and ears, swelling of the face or airways, hives, and digestive problems. In severe cases, a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis can occur, and it can be life-threatening.

Food allergies are thought to affect around 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults in the United States. Particular proteins in shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, eggs, cow’s milk, wheat, and soy, as well as some fruits, vegetables, and spices most commonly trigger food allergies in the U.S.

A food allergy can be a source of ongoing stress that affects life at home, school, or work. Food allergy apps can help you to identify foods to avoid, find substitutions, and educate those around you about your food allergy. Here are Medical News Today‘s choices of the 10 best food allergy apps.

Allergy Reality

iPhone: Free

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Allergy Reality tops our best food allergy apps chart for being a fun, educational, and interactive way for children and adults to learn about specific food allergies. The app gamifies navigating food allergies by getting users to decipher food labels and play word scramblers, puzzles, and matching games.

Two moms with children with food allergies created Allergy Reality. They recognized the need for food allergy awareness and more resources to empower people affected by food allergies.

The app incorporates food allergies such as nuts, eggs, dairy, soy, and gluten. Each level of the educational game is packed with delicious and colorful food and aims to make eating an allergy-free diet tasty and fun!

Spokin

iPhone: Free

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Spokin provides resources tailored to your family’s food allergies so that you can find recipes, restaurants, hotels, and airlines that are safe with just a few taps of your phone.

In seconds, you can work out whether a recipe or restaurant is right for you and protect yourself from accidental exposure to allergy-causing foods with the app’s Hidden Allergy feature. You can search for a specific restaurant or by city and see what other users of Spokin recommend.

Follow users who live nearby or with the same allergens as you to view their recommendations. With the Spokin guides, you can map your way from everyday decisions such as finding safe cookies to milestones including going to college or dating with confidence.

Wizdy Diner

iPhone: Free

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Wizdy Diner is an entertaining game that teaches you about food allergies. Wizdy is a waiter who lands on a planet full of hungry aliens. The aim of the game is to help Wizdy run the diner by speedily serving the alien customers, avoiding their specific food allergies, and keeping the planet’s only diner from going bust.

The game is fast-paced; you need to seat each guest quickly and serve and satisfy the aliens to earn money, all while recommending food to accommodate each alien’s food allergy. By providing a high-quality service, you get to earn back all six of your diner’s stars from the Space-Pirate.

Recognize when one of the aliens is having an allergic reaction and get help to save them. For those who are having severe reactions, learn the steps…