Top 9 Apps to Help You Manage Ulcerative Colitisby Mandy Patterson Patient Expert
There are tons of apps out there to help you manage your ulcerative colitis (UC). From apps that are UC- or IBD-specific to general health-focused apps, there's a wide variety of Apple and Android apps you can use to manage your UC in a more mobile-friendly way. Read on for a list of the top 10 apps for Android and Apple devices to try if you have UC.
Oshi Health: An All-in-one IBD App
Oshi Health is a free IBD mobile app you can use to track your symptoms, read patient-written, doctor-approved articles, and even ask medical experts your UC questions. With Oshi, you can track stress, diet, sleep, fitness, and more with a few simple taps, as it prompts you with helpful questions. You can even show it to your doctor to give a quick summary of your symptoms since your last visit.
This app is great for you if… you're looking for an all-in-one solution that makes tracking easy.
My Fitness Pal: Start a UC Food Diary
Even if you're not into fitness, My Fitness Pal is a great free app to use as a food diary. The app’s food database is massive, so it's quick and easy to find and enter foods you eat into your diary. And if your gastroenterologist (GI) wants you to eat more fiber, you can see a breakdown of your daily fiber intake, along with your caloric intake and other macronutrients.
This app is great for you if… you’re mainly looking for a way to track your food and nutrition to help manage your UC.
Colitis Diary: Track Your UC Stats
Colitis Diary is used to predict and manage your pain and symptoms. This app costs $4.99 to download, but you can track triggers like stress, sleep, and even weather patterns to see how your UC might start acting up. You can also track your UC treatments in the app and export data you enter into reports, making it easy to send to your GI doc information via email or another messaging system.
This app is great for you if… you love reports, graphs, and analytics.
myColitis: Record Symptoms and Other Data
myColitis is a free tracking app designed to record your bowel movements, medications, meals, moods, symptoms, and test results. The app also contains charts about stool types and pain scales that you can use to enhance the accuracy of your tracking. There’s also a diary function where you can enter more details about your day. You can even use it to set reminders to take your medication!
This app is great for you if… you're looking for a way to record extra data beyond basic symptoms.
Colitis Tracker: A Calendar-based UC App
Colitis Tracker is a free calendar app. To use it, you select a day from the calendar and enter one of the six of the GI-related symptoms you experienced that day. You can also track your weight daily. After you input your symptoms for a while, you can go back to the calendar and select which of the six symptoms you want to see over a given time period and see how frequently you experienced one particular symptom.
This app is great for you if… you prefer a simple calendar approach to managing your UC.
Poopmaster: Track Your bowel Movements
Poopmaster is a free app, where, you guessed it, you track your poop. You can track your bowel movements, blood amount, pain amount, and stool form, and you can take custom notes about each of your bowel movements. This app is simple to use.
This app is great for you if… you're looking for something solely to track the frequency of your bowel movements.
Crohn's and Colitis Support: Connect With Others
Crohn's and Colitis Support is a free app that's provided by IBD Social Network. With this app, you join a social network and support group of others living with Crohn's or colitis. The main purpose of this app is to provide emotional support by connecting you with UC patients. You can also search a question-and-answer section, ask your own questions, and privately message people on your support team.
This app is great for you if… you need more emotional support and want to connect with other UC-ers.
My IBD Manager From AGA: Make Tracking a Daily Habit
My IBD Manager is a free app from the American Gastroenterological Association. This app tracks your health information between doctor’s visits. Within the app, there’s a food log, digital journal, medication and treatment section, and patient education materials. You can give your days an overall rating from "worst" day to "best" day and add details about your mood, weight, and food intake.
This app is great for you if… if you're looking for a daily tracker to manage all your UC information.
Fitbit: Effortlessly Track Physical Activity and More
If you're a Fitbit user, the Fitbit app can be another great app to help track your physical activity as it relates to your UC. Just wear your Fitbit, make sure your Bluetooth is connected, and you're done. Your Fitbit gives you valuable insights into the quality of your sleep, your heart rate (if you have a more advanced tracker), and your activity level.
This app is great for you if… you want an easier way to track fitness, including your steps, sleep, and water intake.
Get Downloading to Help Manage UC
From the all-in-one to symptom-focused apps, there's an app out there for everyone with UC. These apps are helpful in tracking your symptoms and assist you in providing detailed information to your health care team – whether that's a GI doc, another specialist, or your caregivers. Even if you don't track everything every day, these apps can provide deep insights into your UC and take some of the stress out of managing it. What are you waiting for? Visit your app store today to try them out.