The app uses AI to find connections between the user’s eczema flare-ups and environmental changes to predict future flare-ups.
According to the national eczema association, about 10.1% of people in the US suffer from the chronic skin condition. Eczema is a skin condition that causes inflamed, itchy, and cracked patches of skin that vary in severity. Treatment typically includes using emollient creams to keep the skin moisturised and steroid creams when the condition flares up.
More and more innovative startups are leveraging the use of technology for monitoring and predicting health, such as this app which tracks changes in moles over time. Eczamine has developed an app to aid eczema sufferers in a similar way. The idea is that a better understanding of triggers will help patients avoid them in the future.
Eczamine has a daily diary feature that allows users to quickly input if they are having a flare-up, the symptoms, and users can include a photo. It covers all the familiar features experienced in the condition, from oozing skin to itchiness. Through the use of artificial intelligence, the app will compare the eczema changes to environmental conditions, such as pollution or pollen, and look for connections. It will also analyse the severity of the flare-ups.
Over-time, the app will gain an understanding of how the user’s condition responds to environmental factors and be able to predict flare-ups for better management. Their vision: “a reality where no person with eczema has to lose sleep due to or suffer over an unexpected outbreak of their skin.”