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Tools

This page is for tools that help those with food allergies/intolerances to make it all work better.

There area number of ways to help you explain your food allergy. Some even do so in non-English languages. Food Allergy and Intolerance Foundation has no relationship with any of these organizations and makes no warranty as to their value or safety.

Allergy Cards

  • Food Allergy Initiative has probably the best and easiest free tool for making food allergy cards. Designed for life threatening food allergies they are reasonably easy to adapt to non-life threatening allergies and can be translated into a variety of languages. The tool creates a document that you must print yourself, but it is free and simple to use.
  • Food Allergy Buddy produces free food allergy cards that you can print. However, they require you to register, provide your email address and name, and choose a password. Their privacy policy allows them to share information with other companies for marketing purposes unless you notify them not to. Be sure to read their privacy policy before signing up.
  • Select Wisely will, for a fee, print a semi-customized card for you. Translations to other languages available and they will make special orders.
  • Celiac.com provides cards - for a fee - explaining that you are gluten free. Complete set of our 10 different Laminated Gluten-Free Dining Cards: American, Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese.
  • Achoo Allergy and Air Products sells cards for individual food allergens designed for those with anaphylaxis-type allergies. Cards are about $10 each and only mention one food.

Mobile Phone Translation Apps

  • My Allergy Translator My Allergy Translator is a free mobile phone app available on Android, Windows Phone 7/8, WebOS and Blackberry 10. The app has translations of many different allergens, into many languages and the developer actively adds new translations as requested. The idea behind it is similar to the allergy cards above, but all stored on your phone so you don't need to worry about carrying around different cards or pieces of paper. Some of the allergies translated include nuts, milk, eggs, gluten, hay fever and more.