Eczema is a common skin condition that causes itch, redness, inflammation and of your skin. It can change the appearance of your skin, cause sleep disturbance and have a great impact on your emotional wellbeing. Read more about eczema.
Eczema apps have the potential to help you manage your condition better. They can help you keep track your symptoms and triggers, and monitor or set reminders for your medicines – especially when to apply moisturisers. Understanding what’s 'normal' or usual for your eczema can help you pick up when something isn't right or if your symptoms are improving. It's important not to rely on the app for a diagnosis. Here are some tips on how to use eczema apps safely.
How to use eczema apps safely
- Always use eczema apps under the supervision of a healthcare provider so they can guide you on whether the app is suitable for your needs.
- Use an app to keep track of your symptoms as part of your management plan. Use graphs and reporting for a discussion with your healthcare provider.
- Be careful when reading information on discussion boards or group chat rooms. Some apps have interactive features where users can share their experiences. Be cautious because in most cases these aren't monitored by a health professional so the advice or suggestions may not be safe or effective.
- Know when to seek help.
- Rely on apps to make a diagnosis of your condition.
- Use skin products without first seeking advice from your healthcare provider.
- Make changes to your medicines based on the recommendations from the app.
Here are a few eczema apps that Healthify has reviewed