SAN FRANCISCO, June 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Eczema Tracker now gives users the ability to track and monitor sleep patterns, along with many other features, to help eczema sufferers take control and better manage their eczema symptoms.
Eczema Tracker has integrated with Apple Health to provide the most cutting edge analysis on how sleep affects eczema and the skin's natural ability to repair and heal itself. Users can now record their sleep patterns using Apple Health, and the app automatically pulls in that data at the user's approval. The data is included in the flare-up analysis and reports, allowing users to visually analyze how sleep may be affected when eczema is present. It also allows users to recognize when lack of sleep may be leading to more severe eczema outbreaks.
Studies have shown that sleep patterns have a direct impact on our quality of life and overall health and wellbeing, but for eczema patients sleep is arguably even more important. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology revealed that eczema sufferers reported greater incidences of sick days, doctor visits, daytime sleeping, and insomnia. Disturbed sleep associated with eczema is also associated with increased risk for psychological disorders and mental illness. Lack of sleep can also affect the skin's natural ability to heal itself, which is critical for eczema sufferers. According to Dr. Oz, "Proper sleep is essential for healthy skin. When you sleep, your body repairs and renews itself. That process goes on at the cellular level in your skin. Missing sleep for one might isn't a big deal, but chronic sleep deprivation is bad for your health, and can increase your risk of disease."
Nav Gosal, founder of Eczema Tracker, speaks of her own experience with the condition, "When my son has a flare-up, he wakes up every few hours, itching himself to the point of open wounds. Sleep has a tremendous effect on quality-of-life in many aspects, including neurocognition and behavior, and it's important to recognize how it plays a role in this painful condition."
Identifying the triggers that cause eczema to flare-up is an ongoing battle for parents, especially when multiple allergens are often involved, such as food, environment, and microbial triggers. The new sleep tracker feature gives users the ability to determine if behavioral factors, like lack of sleep, may also play a role. Gosal noted, "This type of analysis is important to both the research community and eczema sufferers alike. Demystifying some of these patterns can help increase the quality of life for eczema sufferers throughout the world."
Currently, Eczema Tracker helps users track their eczema triggers, including food, environment, mood, stress, medicine usage, and now sleep patterns. Users can also track progress within the app using photos and notes. The editorial section includes news, articles, and tips that help users stay informed on the latest findings, and allows them to contribute their own management tips to other users. In the future, Eczema Tracker will include more detailed features that track valuable information like treatment adherence, stress, exercise, mood, and the management of comorbid diseases like asthma and rhinitis.
"I want to help eczema patients manage their condition by providing them with the best feature set in an intuitive setting that allows them to take control over their health. More tracking features will be added later this year," said Gosal.
Interested parties can learn more about Eczema Tracker by contacting Nav Gosal at eczematrackerapp(at)gmail(dot)com or by visiting http://www.eczematracker.com.
SOURCE Eczema Tracker