Technology is allowing people to get diagnosed from a medical professional without actually visiting a clinic. First Derm is taking this concept to the dermatology world. Users simply have to upload photos of their skin to receive advice on how to treat their conditions from licensed dermatologists.
The app allows users to stay completely anonymous and doesn't even ask for personal information. Users upload two photos of the skin condition, a close-up and one from a distance. They will then receive a diagnosis within 24 hours. While patients can receive advice from board-certified dermatologists, they cannot receive any prescriptions.
First Derm founder Alexander Borve revealed that 70 percent of the submissions received are about concerns "below the waist." The app was originally launched in 2009 in Sweden as an STD triage app, but they rebranded and relaunched earlier this year as a general tool.
The app isn't free, however. It costs users $40 to receive a diagnosis within 24 hours, but it's possible to receive a reply in just two hours.
First Derm is available for iOS, Android and through a web application. Learn more about First Derm in the video below.