Nova Hreod pupil’s lifesaving allergy app gets Apple’s approval

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A TEENAGE tech wizard from Swindon has launched his own lifesaving app to help follow allergy sufferers.

Adam Foot’s AllergyMe software has been approved by Apple and is now available to buy at their Apple Store. The app is a digital medical ID for people with allergies.

Within the app there is also an emergency alarm which sounds if the owner suffers an allergic reaction.

Spin-off app AllergyMe: Translate has also been given the Apple seal of approval, allowing travellers to translate various allergy phrases into other languages.

The Nova Hreod pupil suffers with a peanut allergy. He first endured a reaction aged three, which was serious enough to leave him hospitalised.

“If I were to have a severe allergic reaction, then I would find it hard to breathe and if I didn’t get the medicine I needed straight away then there is a possibility I could die.”

Now 16, Adam recently took part in medical trials which gave him the confidence to develop the new technology.

He said: “I took part in the Boiled Oral Peanut Immunotherapy research study at St Mary’s Hospital in London. Unfortunately, I reacted too much the dosage they gave me of the boiled peanut to be able to take part.

“Despite not getting through, this gave me the courage to develop and release an app called AllergyMe that is a medical ID specifically for people with allergies, like myself.

“Additionally, an emergency alarm alerts nearby people that you are having an allergic reaction with details on there for people and paramedics.

“I have also developed an allergy translator that translates various allergy phrases into other languages.”

It is not the first app Adam has worked on but, with the potential to save lives, it’s certainly the most important so far.

“Due to my allergy, I am fairly limited in what food I can eat,” he said. “If I were to have a severe allergic reaction, then I would find it hard to breathe and if I didn’t get the medicine I needed straight away then there is a possibility I could die.

“Also, there is a risk of cross-contamination with some foods so I have to be careful.

“Before this, I made a few simple apps since I had only just started learning. However, this was the first fully functional app that I made and released to the App Store.”

The apps can be found at the Apple Store. AllergyMe is available for iPhone and Apple Watch and AllergyMe: Translate is available for iPhone and iPad.

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