Keeping track of all the ways psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can affect your life and health is a challenge. Apps for smartphones and tablets can help you manage medications, track symptoms, provide deep-dive information on psoriatic conditions and treatments, and more.
Lauren Eckert Ploch, M.D., MEd, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in private practice in Aiken, South Carolina, often recommends apps to her patients.
Here are her top picks for people with psoriatic conditions (all are free and most are available for both Android and iPhone/iPad):
Skin Advocate: “This is my favorite app in dermatology,” she says. “It is a one-stop directory of dermatology organizations to help connect patients with the support they need. For example, people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can access information for the National Psoriasis Foundation through this app and email the Foundation directly.”
Symple – Symptom Tracker and Health Diary: This app tracks potential disease triggers in your environment and daily life to reveal how factors like stress and diet affect your health. For tracking arthritis symptoms, Ploch also likes Track + React, developed by the Arthritis Foundation.
RxmindMe: “General medication reminder apps are great for patients on several medications,” she says. “This one [developed by Walgreen’s] is a favorite among my patients.”
MyFitnessPal: Because people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have an increased risk for metabolic syndrome, Ploch recommends using an app like this one, which tracks exercise, caloric intake, and intake of major nutrients such as proteins and fats. The basic version is free, but you can upgrade to features that provide more detailed nutritional breakdowns of your food diary.
AAD Psoriasis App: For insight into psoriasis and treatment options, Ploch likes this app, which was designed for dermatologists by the AAD. “It has a wealth of information about psoriasis diagnosis, comparisons with other diseases, and treatment,” she says. “There’s some medical jargon, but I find it user-friendly for patients to understand the treatment options available and how to differentiate psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis from other diseases.”
Several drug companies have developed apps specific to their medications that help patients keep track of when doses are due. People taking Humira (adalimumab), for example, can use Injection Tracker, while MyStelara includes injection reminders in addition to camera and mood diaries to track treatment progress.
What would you like to see in a psoriatic disease app? Email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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