VisualDx Launches Aysa, a Consumer-Facing Dermatology App

Clinical decision support tool maker VisualDx officially launched Aysa, its first consumer-facing app, last month at Health 2.0 in San Francisco.

The app allows users to upload pictures of skin lesions or rashes, enter some additional information about themselves and receive suggestions of what condition they might have and what actions to take next.

The app is not intended to be a diagnostic tool, but it does give users options after giving them information about their probable condition.

Beware of Phytophotodermatitis, the Weird Sun Reaction That Could Definitely Ruin Your Summer

Sunburns aren’t the only thing that might hurt your skin this summer. There’s another sun-centric skin condition that’s as sneaky as it can be painful—so much so that it might interfere with the rest of your summer plans.

It’s time to get acquainted with phytophotodermatitis, a pretty wild skin reaction that happens when you touch certain types of plants then expose your skin to sunlight.

Why ‘Clean Eating’ Isn’t Going to Clear Up Your Skin

Add probiotics to your diet, cut out meat, avoid gluten, try fish oil, take biotin.

These are just a few of the many skin care recommendations circulating around the web these days.

And while diet does have a lot to do with skin health, most of the information posted on blogs and social media isn’t scientifically sound and, experts say, should be taken with a grain of salt.

In-Depth: Advances and Challenges in Digital Dermatology

If people will show their moles to a stranger at a dinner party, a stranger on the internet doesn’t seem like a big stretch.

Since the beginning of health apps, there have been products designed to tell the user if a mole is cancerous. But those apps have also served to illustrate the dangers of mobile health.

Two such apps, Mel App and Mole Detective, were the target of action by the Federal Trade Commission in 2015.

Here’s Exactly What to Do About Eczema on Your Eyelid

Several things can cause inflamed, irritated eyelids, including eczema, which might sound surprising. You may be familiar with the fact that eczema is a condition that can cause dry, itchy skin, a rash, and other symptoms, but you also probably wouldn’t think it could bloom on your freaking eyelids.

Unfortunately, no part of your skin is eczema-immune. Here’s what to do if your eczema decides your eyelids are the perfect place to show up.

The Most Common Skin Conditions, Explained

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), more than 85 million Americans are affected by skin diseases each year. But, because of that stigma, there’s not a lot of common knowledge about the even the most prevalent disorders, outside of acne (which tops that list.

To help change that, we spoke with a dermatologist to break down the key facts about four common skin conditions: psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and seborrheic dermatitis.

Is Your Itchy, Painful Rash Actually a Symptom of Psoriasis?

Psoriasis can easily be mistaken for other difficult-to-deal-with skin problems, like a bad infection or rash, eczema, or dermatitis. And because it varies in severity, it can be tricky to figure out what exactly is going on with your skin.

However, psoriasis doesn’t discriminate. You can develop it at any time, regardless of your age or gender, but most people will develop it between 15 and 30 years old. Plus, there are several types of psoriasis, and each one comes with its own unique symptoms.

Here are a few telltale signs to look out for: