Live Right Live Well: Digestion
9 Best Apps for Heartburn Sufferers
By Winnie Yu for Live Right Live Well
Let’s face it: Smartphones are smart. You can use them to log your workouts, count calories and manage your budget. So why not use them to manage your heartburn as well? In fact, with the right apps, your smartphone or tablet can become your personalized high-tech heartburn management tool. Here’s how:
1. REFERENCE APPS: Learn more about heartburn.
You’ve just been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but you’re not exactly sure what that means. Reference apps can help you better understand your condition. Many of these contain articles, and others present the information in videos.
Worth checking out: AnswersIn Medicine - Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Reflux
2. SYMPTOM TRACKER APPS: Identify your heartburn triggers.
Monitoring each bout of heartburn -- when they occur, under what circumstances, etc. -- can help you identify triggers and devise ways to prevent them or relieve the discomfort. Some apps even allow you to send your findings to your health care professional. You can also keep a food diary and log your symptoms to start seeing patterns.
Worth checking out: The Heartburn Tracker, mySymptoms Food Diary
3. MEDICATION APPS: Get need-to-know information about your medications.
Have a question about your heartburn medicine? Medication apps can tell you what the drugs do, what the available dosages are and whether or not they interact with other medications you may be taking. They can also give you an idea of how much they cost, what the side effects are and whether or not you must take a medication with food.
Worth checking out: Medscape
4. MEDICATION REMINDER APPS: Get reminders to take your medicine.
Medications and nutritional supplements won’t do you any good if you forget to take them. So if you’re too busy or distracted to remember on your own, consider downloading an app and letting your smartphone remember for you. The reminder will pop up on your smartphone or tablet based on the time you set.
Worth checking out: RxmindMe, Pill Tracker, Dosecast
“It seems there’s an app for everything nowadays,” says smartphone devotee Alison Lee, 45, of Schenectady, N.Y. “I already use an app to look up any medications I’m prescribed, so when my doctor told me I had heartburn, I automatically turned to the app store to see if there was an app that could help me understand exactly what heartburn is. And of course, there was!”
Winnie Yu frequently writes about health and nutrition for Live Right Live Well. Her articles have appeared in Prevention, VIVMag, AARP Bulletin, Diabetic Living and on NYTimes.com. She is the author of What to Eat for What Ails You and the American Academy of Pediatrics' New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding.
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