Autoimmune conditions are on the rise in the past 50 years, mostly because of the industrialized world diet and lifestyle.
As if living with chronic illness wasn't challenging enough, living with an autoimmune disease can be even more difficult, mostly because of the vague symptoms that can make diagnoses harder to come by.
Living with autoimmune disease requires strict discipline and daily monitoring of symptoms, triggers, medications, pain, and all things that make autoimmune conditions excruciating.
Mobile apps can provide necessary aid and make management of autoimmune diseases more bearable.
Here, we list some of the most popular.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout, that affect about 55 million adults in the United States.
All of these forms of arthritis have a different cause, including autoimmune diseases.
Unpredictability is what makes living with arthritis and related pain so frustrating. Knowing what triggers the symptoms and makes them worse, could make life with a chronic condition a bit bearable.
This is why many healthcare professionals recommend people with arthritis and other choric condition to keep track of their symptoms, activities, triggers, which could help them identify patterns and triggers and predict pain.
TRACK + REACT is a free tracker app for Android and iPhone designed for people with arthritis to help them identify the patterns between their activities and their arthritis symptoms in order to better control and manage their condition.
Lupus Support (MyLupusTeam ) App
Lupus Support (MyLupusTeam ) app works as a social network and support group for people living with lupus.
It provides them with the emotional support from others people living with lupus, practical tips to manage their lupus, and insights about the treatments.
Beside social network aspect, the app also features the Q&A section where users can ask and answer questions.
Lupus Support app is free to download and use on Android and iOS devices.
Boost Thyroid App
Hashimoto's disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) in the United States, which happens when the immune system attacks the thyroid gland.
The exact cause is unknown, just like in most of the autoimmune diseases, but some scientists believe that a virus or bacteria, or a genetic flaw may be responsible.
Boost Thyroid app is designed to help people suffering from hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's to improve energy, focus, digestion, and sleep quality.
The app measures how diet, physical activity or treatment impact nine of the most common symptoms experienced in hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's.
It also helps Hashimoto's patient recording and keeping track of their thyroid blood lab tests, as well as enables them to set medication reminders and get information about the latest research.
The app is available for free, however, only for iOS.
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
Anyone who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis understands the ways it may change one's life. This is why it is important to stay informed and take immediate action to successfully manage MS symptoms and live with MS.
MS self – Multiple Sclerosis app is intended for MS patients providing them with a journal features they can use to track their symptoms, mood, energy level, mobility, and activity.
The app also provides practical advice and information in a form of educational Fact Cards, as well as many other useful features designed to help keep body and mind of MS sufferers in good health.
The app is free to use, however, Android users would need to search for the alternative because MS self – Multiple Sclerosis app is only available for IOS.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system is sending out faulty signals resulting in skin cells growing abnormally fast.
Besides the overgrowth of skin cells, inflammatory symptoms are also a characteristic feature of psoriasis, which can vary from very mild to more severe physical complaints, such as psoriatic arthritis.
Living with psoriasis isn't easy for patients and their families, mostly because it's been associated with the social stigma toward psoriasis patients that could lead to stress, anxiety, and depression.
People with psoriasis are recommended to limit the stress in their life and to keep track of their condition every day in order to manage it more efficiently.
My Psoriasis or MyPso app is one of the best tracker apps for people with psoriasis helping them record, monitor, and track their symptoms, physiological changes, and triggers to better manage their condition.
It is available for free download for Android and iOS devices.
Flaredown for Chronic Illness App
Flaredown is a symptom tracking app and a community that helps patients monitor their chronic illness, including autoimmune diseases.
Patients can track various conditions, symptoms, and treatments, and use check-ins created by the app on a daily basis.
The app also provides automatic weather tracking and includes a huge USDA food database.
Besides, tracking features, the app also allows users to join the community and talk with other users and learn from their experience.
The app is available for free for iOS and Android.
Patients with autoimmune diseases are in most cases required to take medications on a daily basis. However, staying adherent to a medication regimen could be a problem without some kind of reminder.
MediSafe Pill Reminder app is a free and easy-to-use reminder app for Android and iOS designed to help patients when to take their pills and manage pill usage.
The app is also useful for caregivers who are taking care of their family members or other families with numerous family members, thanks to the app's ability to add multiple users.
Medisafe app is capable of managing various drugs for many complex health conditions, including autoimmune diseases.
Chronic pain is the symptom associated with many autoimmune conditions that can severely affect the quality of life, mostly because of its complex nature (varying intensity, different locations, triggers, etc.).
Anyone who suffers from chronic pain is advised to track their pain because tracking is a good way to predict flare-ups or to pinpoint triggers that may cause or increase the pain.
CatchMyPain app works as a mobile pain diary as well as a discussion community for people suffering from chronic pain. It is also a medication tracker and reminder helping people with chronic pain manage their condition more easily.
The app is free to download and use on Android and iOS devices.
Many autoimmune diseases are potentially disabling, such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis, which means that patients suffering from these conditions may require daily care from their family members or professional caregivers.
Caregivers need to stay on top of all the medications, doctors' orders, and important health information for the persons they care for, which could be a daunting task, requiring them to use a lot of reminders each day.
CareZone app was designed for caregivers helping them deal with complex medication management for multiple patients, as well as to track health conditions and symptoms, contact healthcare providers, and keep their notes tidy, in order to provide a better care for their patients.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS.