Proven Ways to Stay on Top of Psoriasis Medicationsby Sabrina Skiles Patient Advocate
Living with psoriasis means keeping track of your symptoms, flare ups, triggers, medications, appointments and everything in between. Gone are the days of writing your medication on a piece of paper to stick in your wallet to later get thrown out. Now, there’s an app (and more) for that!Here are some proven ways to stay on top of your psoriasis medication and treatment plan.
Find a mentor
NPF Mentor Program:. The best thing you can do when you have a chronic disease like psoriasis is talk to someone who is going through the exact same thing. Mentors are a sounding board for those newly diagnosed, or going through a hard time. Mentors offer emotional advice, give support on medication and so much more. The NPF Mentor program can match you with a mentor in your area who has psoriasis. Find one in your area now.
Track your progress
MyPso: Stay on top of every aspect of your psoriasis with the MyPso app. Key features, “illustrate your progress over time, help you to identify and address your triggers,” and, “anonymously compare your results to others living with psoriasis,” to compare similarities, differences and much more.
Set some reminders
Mango Health: This one is fun! The app feature highlights include dose reminders, drug interaction info, a health history, and points and rewards just for taking your meds! Where do I sign up?!
Stay up to date
GOtezla: This is a helpful resource that offers personalized information on what to expect during a treatment, tracks your progress with notes and photographs to share with your doctor, and even has built-in reminders so you never miss a dose. You even have access to nurses 24/7. I also love that it will send you daily prompts asking you what your symptoms are and how you’re feeling that day.
Monitor your results
Skin Tracker: Want an app that does a little more? Pay $5 for this one and you’ll be able to analyze your skin disease by keep tracking of food intake and medicine with a detailed diary. You’ll also be able to take photos of your affected areas and track the development of any symptoms - this is incredibly useful to show your doctor. The app will even suggest what foods you should be eating and what might be good for your body.
Take time to reflect and regroup
CareZone: With this free app you’re able to keep track of your symptoms in journal and privately share updates with family members, track your appointments with the calendar feature and organize various doctors, pharmacies and insurance providers information.
Medisafe Medication: This free app has a journal and calendar so you can track your pills and doctors appointments. But what I love about this one is the special family alert system feature - which will alert your family members if you miss a pill, injection or doctor's appointment.