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Charleston Moms Blog: The Aysa App; Identifying Skin Conditions From Anywhere

by Sydney Mcleod-Bryant Barnett

Every mom’s worst fear can be brought to life at the touch of a button. A mere bug bite is all of a sudden the mumps; a typical skin rash like psoriasis somehow became a flesh-eating bacteria. As moms, I think we can all relate to the feeling of panic when seeing a weird rash suddenly appear on our child’s skin. Obviously, a visit to the doctor about anything suspicious is always warranted, but often times we leave there still confused about this strange new rash. Or what about when it pops up over the weekend, and it doesn’t seem to necessitate a trip to the after-hours doctor’s office?

Introducing Aysa

These are the things that the developers of the app Aysa had in mind when creating a user-friendly app that checks symptoms with the use of VisualDx, a clinical decision support system. Using the simple steps seen below and your mobile device, you can find peace of mind with how to proceed.

  1. Take a picture of the affected area.
  2. Setup a profile for the person (child or adult) who has the affected area and answer a few questions to help Aysa identify the problem (this includes the location of the affected area and the length of time that the condition has been present).
  3. Once Aysa has your results, you can then use the pictures to help further identify the condition and from there find ways to self-treat the area as well as determine when you should see a doctor.

Testing out the app

A few of our Charleston Moms Blog team members, including myself, had the opportunity to test out this new app and offer our honest opinions.

  • Meredith tested the app trying to identify six different skin conditions. She was impressed that Aysa correctly identified psoriasis, sun spots, molluscum contagiosum, and bug bites. However, it was not able to identify a jellyfish sting and an unknown scalp bump.
  • Tiffany was admittedly a little apprehensive about using the app saying “I’ve been from doctor to doctor over the years and it took time to get a diagnosis, only to find out within the last month it was wrong.” But once she started using the Aysa app, Tiffany says, “I was impressed with how easy it was to use. All I had to do was take a picture of my rash, answer a series of questions about the appearance and symptoms I was experiencing, and the app was able to give me several findings for what the problem might be.” And the best part for Tiffany? That it was ACCURATE the first time, after years of misdiagnosis!
  • When I tested it, I was also able to get it to correctly identify psoriasis, bug bites, and allergic contact dermatitis. What I really appreciate about the app is not only how easy it is to use, but that once you have identified the particular skin condition, that Aysa doesn’t just leave you hanging. They help you identify your “Next Steps”, which include OTC remedies with pictures of the items and where to buy them. If the skin condition is more serious than a bug bite, then Aysa will also list medicines that the doctor might prescribe to you and when you should go see a doctor.

Would we recommend Aysa?

Overall there are mixed reviews about the Aysa app from our testers that tried it. Meredith isn’t sure when she would personally need to use an app like this but can see it being useful for a friend that has a family full of highly allergic people. A friend of hers, who is also a surgical nurse, commented that she could see the Aysa app being a potentially useful tool in the hospital setting.

I, on the other hand, would not only recommend the app to others, but would use the Aysa app myself! It may not be something that I use on a daily basis but would definitely turn to whenever someone in my family had a skin condition that I couldn’t regularly identify. I also think it would be useful to learn about different home remedies for skin conditions that I am more familiar with. I really appreciate the ease at which this app has in identifying different conditions and weeding out results that are not applicable.

Tiffany highly recommends Aysa as well, even if you don’t suffer from a chronic rash. It takes the guesswork out of identifying skin conditions and gives you solid advice in minutes. It’s worth the piece of mind, and the storage space on your phone.