Mayo Clinic, Preventice collaborate on skin care app

For skin allergy sufferers, trying a perfume sample at the department store counter can be excruciating. Rochester, Minn.-based Preventice Inc., created a smartphone application--in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic--to help users determine which ingredients in skin care products may produce an allergic skin reaction.

The app gives users access to the Mayo's Contact Allergen Replacement Database (CARD) system, complete with 8,100 known ingredients in 7,000 retail products, Preventice officials say. With the app, users can keep a journal of any reactions as they occur, share data with physicians, take photos of skin reactions, use an embedded bar-code scanner to check products for allergenic ingredients, and print shopping lists of appropriate items.

Another interesting allergy app come on the market this year is a smartphone app for the famous EpiPen product. Called MyEpiPen, it debuted last month as an app for the iPad and iPhone, and gives allergy sufferers a video on how to use the EpiPen device, a tool to create custom profiles for each allergy they have, and the ability to share that information with family, physicians, etc.

We expect to see plenty more apps like these coming online, with probably even more niche-specific allergy profiles.

For more information:
- check out this Preventice announcement
- read this Mylan announcement from January