At least 1.5 million Americans have lupus, and it’s believed that 5 million people worldwide are living with the disease, which is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. More than 16,000 new cases are reported annually across the country, and lupus occurs nine times more often in women than in men and is more common in those of non-European descent. With these staggering numbers, it’s shocking that only one drug has been approved to treat lupus in more than 50 years.
On top of dealing with the physical symptoms of lupus, there’s a ton of learning and data tracking to take on. From education about the disease to symptom tracking to eating the right things to keeping out of the sun, you can quickly become overwhelmed. Luckily there’s an abundance of apps out there to help you stay on top of your health. From apps that teach you more about lupus to virtual communities of others living with lupus to medication trackers, these are the best lupus apps
The Lupus App (full name: Mumbai Arthritis Clinic Lupus App) offers resources, tools and information to help lupus patients take charge of their disease. Patients can add prescriptions, appointments and symptoms, then email important information to their doctor. Plus, there's a section dedicated just to educating users about lupus, with a glossary of related terms, a section on how to take charge and a list of drugs to avoid.