The Best Crohn’s Disease iPhone and Android Apps of the Year

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  • Best Crohn’s Apps

    Best Crohn’s Apps

    If you have Crohn’s, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you know that managing your condition takes some effort. Treatment can help ease symptoms, but there is no cure. However, with careful attention to detail, you may be able to pinpoint certain triggers and figure out which treatments are most effective for you.

    Click through the slideshow to learn about apps that can help you track your symptoms, keep a record of your medications, or even help you find a bathroom.

  • Bathroom Scout

    Bathroom Scout

    iPhone – $0.99

    Android – 3.8 Stars – Free  

    If you’ve got Crohn’s disease, chances are that you appreciate knowing where the nearest restroom is.

    The Bathroom Scout can show you the closest toilet on satellite view — and lead you there turn by turn, if necessary. With a database of more than a million public bathrooms around the world, this app can give you some added confidence when you’re on the go. Plus, the more people that use Bathroom Scout, the better it will become, as users are able to rate facilities and add new locations.

  • CareZone

    CareZone

    iPhone – 4.5 Stars – Free

    CareZone is a free family organizer app created with the caregiver in mind. It’s especially useful if you’re caring for more than one person.

    Keep track of doctor appointments, medications, and other important details so that the information is always at your fingertips. A dual password system helps keep sensitive information from prying eyes, but you can share your account with the people you trust. You can even set up a voice mail broadcast to up to 100 people.

    If you’re responsible for the health and wellbeing of a person with Crohn’s, this handy app can keep you organized and in charge.

  • Colonoscopy Prep Assistant

    Colonoscopy Prep Assistant

    iPhone – 2.5 Stars – Free

    Android – 3.1 Stars – Free

    The day before a colonoscopy requires attention to detail. Do you remember how many glasses of laxative you’re supposed to drink? Do you remember the date of the last procedure you had? If you think you may lose track of amounts and times, the Colonoscopy Prep Assistant has you covered.

    Add instructions from your doctor to the app as soon as you get them. Then sit back and relax, knowing that you’ll be prompted when it’s time to take action again. The running timekeeper lets you know how much total prep time you have left. Medvico, makers of the app, are currently working on other colonoscopy prep options, so upgrades are in the works.

  • GI Monitor

    GI Monitor

    iPhone – 4.5 Stars – Free

    Android – 3.9 Stars – Free

    When it comes to autoimmune diseases, providing accurate personal information to your doctor is vital. One patient went searching for an app that would help him do just that. When he couldn’t find one, he invented the GI Monitor.

    With real time symptom tracking, you may be able to find the links between dietary or lifestyle choices and symptoms, or between symptoms and treatments that work. You can even sync your data across multiple platforms. Printed reports will provide your doctor with more details about your life with Crohn’s, including what’s working for you and what’s not.

  • Low FODMAP Diet App

    Low FODMAP Diet App

    Android – 3.5 Stars – Free

    FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates that, for some people, are irritating to the gastrointestinal tract. Figuring out which foods contain these ingredients and which don’t can be frustrating. That’s where the Low FODMAP Diet App comes in.

    Simply type in the name of the food in question, and the app will tell you if it’s bad, good, or questionable. The app has information for about 250 individual foods, compiled from a variety of sources. When those sources disagree, the app gives it an “unsure” rating. While it won’t be an answer to all your dietary questions, it’s a useful tool for people with Crohn’s disease.

  • Toilet Paper Dragging

    Toilet Paper Dragging

    iPhone – 4 Stars – Free

    This app exists just to take the edge off when you have a few minutes of downtime. With a slide of your finger, drag the toilet paper as fast as you can and you’re off to the toilet paper races!

    This whimsical app gives you just enough time to regroup and get back to work—that is, of course, if you don’t become hopelessly addicted to its simplicity.

  • PoopTime

    PoopTime

    iPhone – 4.5 Stars – $0.99

    Every now and then, you need a mindless diversion. Especially when you’re in the bathroom. Again. PoopTime keeps track of your bathroom time and, just for kicks, tells you how much money you earned while sitting there. It even keeps a running total! “Poop facts” and “poop jokes,” plus options for sharing on Facebook and Twitter, make for something rather unique to occupy your bathroom time.

  • Poo Log

    Poo Log

    iPhone – 3.5 Stars – $0.99

    Android – 3.6 Stars – $0.99

    Keeping track of your bathroom habits is sometimes a necessary part of life if you have Crohn’s disease. With Poo Log, you can keep track without having to carry around a cumbersome notebook.

    The app is based on the book, "What's Your Poo Telling You?" by Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, MD. With a timer, a daily log, and useful graph features, you can learn a lot from your poo. There’s also a fair amount of trivia, interesting factoids, and useful information. Poo Log is a handy tool with a humorous twist.

  • Livestrong Calorie Tracker

    Livestrong Calorie Tracker

    iPhone – 4.5 Stars – Free

    Android – 2.8 Stars – Free

    There’s no denying that people with Crohn’s disease have dietary challenges. Livestrong’s Calorie Tracker is designed to keep track of calories and exercise, and it’s also a great way for people with Crohn’s to monitor their diet.

    A vast database of foods and restaurant items allows you to easily learn more about the food you’re about to eat, so you can make sensible decisions. The app also calculates the number of calories you’re likely to burn and keeps you on track with weight and fitness goals. You can even access support groups and forums to help you in your quest for better health.

  • myIBD

    myIBD

    iPhone – 3 Stars – Free

    Android – 2.6 Stars – Free

    Managing a chronic disease is easier when you can chart your progress and make decisions based on the evidence. The Hospital for Sick Children created this cleanly designed app for doctors and patients to get a better handle on treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s.

    It’s fast and easy to record details about symptoms, appetite, and trips to the bathroom. You can view your information as text or in graph form at any time. The app is convenient and educational.

  • GI Buddy

    GI Buddy

    iPhone – 3.5 Stars – Free

    Android – 3.2 Stars – Free

    Chronic illnesses require lots of cooperation between patients and their doctors. Having the information you need at your fingertips puts you in a better position to manage your Crohn’s. That’s why the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America came up with the GI Buddy. With this app, people with IBDs can easily share information with doctors.

    The app is loaded with features to help you track symptoms, treatments, and diet. The resulting email reports mean you don’t have to rely on memory when you visit your doctor. 

  • My Pain Diary

    My Pain Diary

    iPhone – 4.5 Stars – $2.99

    Android – 4.4 Stars – $4.99

    Crohn’s hurts, but pain can be hard to describe or quantify when you talk to your doctor. My Pain Diary is a convenient method of logging your level of pain at the moment it happens. By keeping track of related events, you might be able to pinpoint pain triggers and learn which treatments ease your pain.

    Use this app to find out if your pain is affected by weather, activities, or diet. With color-coded calendars and interactive graphs, you’ll have more information to go on than ever before. Although you can print out reports for your doctor, you can also mark certain entries as private, so they won’t show up unless you want them to.

  • Crohn’s Apps Help You Gain Control

    Crohn’s Apps Help You Gain Control

    The point of most of these apps is to help you gain control over Crohn’s. The first step toward that goal is creating a trail of information. Even if you don’t plan to share your app reports with your doctor, viewing the results will likely give you a better handle on things. You’ve got enough to worry about. Why not let an app shoulder some of the burden?

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these Crohn’s apps based on their potential to aid people in living with Crohn’s disease in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps include user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to Crohn’s and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make Crohn’s more manageable.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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