Managing Your Allergies With the Help of These Clever Apps

The winter cold season has passed and for some that may seem like the best time of  year, but for those who suffer from allergies, the start of spring ushers in unwelcome symptoms. Watery eyes, scratchy throats and congested sinuses can make spring time not just unpleasant, but downright miserable. Fighting allergies is an uphill battle, but by utilizing apps and technology, you will be two steps ahead of your allergies, and ready to take on the day. Here are some top picks to help you during the allergy season.

1) WebMD Allergy App
This helpful app alerts you when there are high levels of pollen, dust, dander and mold in the air. It is personalized to your location and gives alerts about the levels of pollen and other allergens in the air. It rates the levels of each allergen on a scale from one to five, giving you the upper hand in days that are ideal for venturing outdoors for spring fun.

2) Allergy Alert
Another useful source for allergy notifications is the Allergy Alert app from It is a free app available for iPhone and Android that provides expertise on everything allergy and pollen related. With customizable alerts about pollen levels in the air based on your region, the app also has a diary section for symptom recording that can be put onto a calendar or chart to understand your allergies on an in-depth level. With Allergy Alert you can find any information about plants and other allergens, along with the symptoms they cause, which can help you figure out exactly what aggravates your seasonal allergies and how to avoid them.

3) Dehumidifier
A humid home is a breeding ground for the production of allergens that can worsen your allergies. If you have tried medications that have proven unsuccessful, try purchasing a dehumidifier. This device works by eliminating the humidity from the air, which results in an environment with decreased mold levels. Dust mites are also eliminated by the dehumidifier, which proves useful for someone who is struggling with an allergy to either mold or dust. It is also indispensable for someone who has asthma. Consider placing these units in areas where mold and mildew are prevalent. Basements are a common destination for these moisture wicking devices.

4) Vacuums With HEPA Filters
If you are looking for another effective way to rid your home of pesky allergens, invest in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. These filters trap dust and dander on a microscopic level that permeate furniture, carpets and curtains. A high quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is an essential tool in fighting air and furniture-borne irritants. Remember to service your vacuum regularly and change its bag and the HEPA filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions for the most effective performance.

5) Air Purifiers
Air purifiers help remove the main pollutants from the air. From cigarette smoke and dust to pollen, cooking odors, perfumes and indoor deodorizers, air purifiers with HEPA filters will help remove irritating allergens from the home environment. Available by some of the world’s most trusted brands and in a wide range of shapes and sizes, air purifiers are a smart way to defend your home against nasty allergens. They can be placed in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and basement for optimal results. Maintain these machines by changing filters and getting them serviced regularly for ideal performance.

Springtime can be very uncomfortable for those of us who suffer from allergies, but it doesn’t have to be. Understanding the pollen count outside and the quality of the air in your home are the first steps in your defense against irritating pollutants and allergens. By utilizing the above technology tips, you, too, can enjoy the return of the spring weather and maintain optimal air quality at home. That’s nothing to sneeze at!


Heidi Raker mother of three tech-obsessed teens, has written about lifestyle products and parenting for over 30 years. She has a no-cellphone-at-meals policy, which remains one of her biggest family challenges..