Psoriasis is an incurable and persistent skin disorder which affects 3% of the global population. Although not life-threatening, the stigmatization of psoriasis has often linked it with anxiety and depression.
Living with psoriasis can be challenging, not just for the person affected, but for their families as well, both emotionally and sometimes financially.
Psoriasis is a chronic disorder, and just like in any other chronic condition, patients are recommended to keep track of their symptoms, triggers, medications, moods, and more, which all could help them manage their condition more successfully.
There is a wide range of mobile apps aimed at improving the health of people with psoriasis. Some of these apps are psoriasis-specific, and others help manage other symptoms that go hand in hand with this chronic condition.
Psoriasis mobile apps can help patients track their psoriasis symptoms and what triggers them, send reminders about medications and appointments, or provide vital information about psoriasis and its treatments.
Many of these apps can also coach patients on better diet and exercise habits, which are also vital in psoriasis management.
There are also apps designed for healthcare providers to get evidence-based information on how to treat psoriasis and provide their patients with the best care possible.
Here, we compiled and listed some of the best psoriasis mobile apps for patients and their providers.
AAD Psoriasis App
AAD Psoriasis app is not a classic mobile app, but rather a mobile-friendly web app for healthcare providers.
This app provides best practices in the complex management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis based on the AAD's clinical guidelines of care for psoriasis.
The AAD Psoriasis app helps providers develop the skills required to manage patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. It works as a decision-making support for clinicians helping them individualize therapy based on various different factors, including the type of disease, response to previous treatments, comorbidities, and more.
The app does this by providing clinicians with challenging cases they need to recognize and diagnose and formulate appropriate evidence-based treatment for patients.
The web app can be accessed via PC or your mobile device for free.
Our score: N/A
My Psoriasis, also known as MyPso app is a free psoriasis tracker, developed by Leo Pharma.
It helps users log their symptoms in a diary, track triggers and appointments, it illustrates users' progress, stores photos, and generates reports that users can download and share with their physicians.
The app also keeps track of treatment history and lets users know when it is time to use their medications, as well as anonymously compares users' results to others living with psoriasis so that users can compare similarities and differences.
Besides tracker functionality, MyPso app also provides some basic information about psoriasis as well as possible treatments.
The app is available for Android and iOS.
Imagine – Psoriasis Tracking App
Imagine is another free psoriasis app made by Leo Pharma. It is also a tracker app that allows people living with psoriasis to keep track of their psoriasis and changes over time by remembering to regularly take photos, capture symptoms and compare over time.
By doing this, patients can see how their psoriasis responds to treatment or lifestyle changes and accurately document all changes to share them with their physician.
Imagine app is available for iOS and Android devices.
PsoriasisCalc app is a tool for healthcare professionals who deal with psoriasis patients, including dermatologists, rheumatologists, general practitioners, etc.
The app helps physicians calculate the percentage of skin surface affected by psoriasis, assess the severity of psoriasis, and recognize the signs of psoriasis disease in the nail bed and/or nail matrix.
It also provides information to the physicians, helping them determine the most common comorbidities in patients with psoriasis, which is based on the clinical study.
PsoriasisCalc app is available for free on Android and iOS platform.
Psoriasis @Point of Care App
Psoriasis @Point of Care app is a clinical decision-making tool that uses IBM Watson AI platform.
Clinicians can ask voice-enabled questions to easily access evidence-based, and disease-specific medical content which is regularly updated.
IBM Watson helps clinicians make their decisions better and faster, thus improving patient outcomes at the point of care.
Clinicians can also use the Psoriasis @Point of Care app for their continuing medical education credit (CME/CE).
The app is available for free, however, only on iOS devices.
Our score: N/A
Skin Tracker App
Skin Tracker is not a psoriasis-specific app, but rather a tracker for a variety of dermatologic conditions.
However, it could be more than useful to patients with psoriasis helping them analyze their skin disease by tracking daily diet, medications, stress levels and moods.
The app also allows users to take photos of the affected areas of their skin and track the progress towards total healing via graphical analysis. All data analyzed can be exported and shared with a medical provider.
The app is available only on iOS for $4.99.
Our score: N/A
Injection Tracker App
HUMIRA (adalimumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis, which works by suppressing the hyperactive immune system response, particularly TNF alpha - a key player in the inflammatory process that triggers psoriasis.
Injection Tracker app works as a simple injection reminder for all psoriasis patients who are taking HUMIRA.
It includes a customizable snooze function and a visual injection-site tracker.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS.
PsoHappy - Psoriasis Study App
People who have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are prone to depression and anxiety. A study from 2015 found that more than 36 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis had anxiety and above 22 percent suffered from depression. More than 24 percent of people with psoriasis had anxiety and about 10 percent had clinical depression.
Mobile apps can help people cope with mood problems, of course, when used with appropriate care.
PsoHappy is one such app that measures the happiness levels of people living with psoriasis. The aim is to emphasize the impact skin diseases like psoriasis have on people's well-being and happiness.
PsoHappy is designed as a short questionnaire that users are supposed to answer every week to track and measure their mood and happiness. All contribution is anonymous.
The app is available for iOS and Android devices for free.
There are no yet any mobile apps designed exclusively for people with psoriatic arthritis. However, they could use one of the best arthritis apps around called TRACK + REACT, which is developed by the Arthritis Foundation for all people with a joint disease.
People with psoriatic arthritis can use it to identify triggers for flares, including certain activities, time of the day, weather conditions, foods, and so on.
All tracked data can be then compared to arthritis pain in the Arthritis Impact graph.
TRACK + REACT app is available for free on Android and iOS.