What Is It
We all know that tracking and managing eczema can be a struggle. But, perhaps the greatest difficulty is that we still don’t know what’s causing our flare-ups to this day.
But the question is, how will we ever figure this out if we don’t truly understand our condition? This is precisely why eczema scoring systems were designed. To allow individuals to track and understand their eczema in greater detail.
The potential for scoring systems and using eczema diaries is endless, especially if we begin logging our triggers and how they change over time. But the current scoring systems have often been criticised for being unrealistic and difficult to use.
It’s helpful to go through them in more detail before discussing current approaches' challenges.
Existing Scoring Systems
French researchers developed this system that features questions on common symptoms and provides a daily severity score.
Created by doctors and academics at the University of Nottingham, this questionnaire focuses on eczema symptoms from a patient's perspective over time.
The dermatology quality of life index tool is used to assess the impact of skin conditions on an individual's quality of life.
The problem with these tools is that they’re not often readily available. Some are available only on paper, and others require specific apps designed purely for that purpose.
The other issue is that they all focus on different things. For example, some look at symptoms, whilst others look at quality of life. So no single language is used when discussing symptoms and triggers.
And finally, none of them explores the triggers of the condition and the environment, which are often critical factors causing flare-ups.
Proton Health Skin Score
That’s why we designed the Skin Score. This unique system allows individuals to track their eczema symptoms and triggers in less than 30 seconds. That’s right, it combines the best of the above scoring systems into one. It’s also accessible on your phone, making it super easy to complete daily.
And finally, this system also tracks your environment without you having to do a thing. So you’ll be able to see all the factors that might be causing your flare-ups in one place.