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Alternative Treatments For Juvenile Dermatomyositis
I think I have a rare auto immune disease called juvenile dermatomyositis. Can someone tell me what this is?
Different in adults: Dermatomyositis can be a very severe disease causing muscle damage and chronic rashes (months to years). However, in adults there is a risk for more serious disease. If you think you may have dermatomyositis, please discuss this with your doctor. Some simple tests and a good physical exam should help decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune likely...: Juvenile dermatomyositis (jdm) is an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (imm) of presumed autoimmune dysfunction resulting in muscle weakness among other complications. It manifests itself in children; it is the pediatric counterpart of dermatomyositis. In jdm, the body's immune system attacks blood vessels throughout the body, causing inflammation called vasculitis. ...Read more
Several: Traditionally higher dose oral steroid regimens have been use, looking for a reduction in cpk, a muscle enzyme and maker for disease activity. Methotreaxate is used quite frequently, and so are azothiprine and cyclophosphamde. My frence is to inject high dose steroids intravenously for three days and to start s.C. Methotrexate. No one regimen works for all. ...Read more
Prednisone: Systemic corticosteroids (prednisone) form the basic therapy for dermatomyositis. Other medications can be added if the disease cannot be controlled on Prednisone alone. Both Methotrexate and azathioprine have been used in this situation. There are also some newer meds which are showing promise in the treatment of steroid resistent myositis. ...Read more
A variety: There can be many depending on the manifestations: corticosteriods are the most common, methotrexate, other cytotoxic drugs, biologics, intravenous gammaglobulin and most recently acthargel (acth) injections. These are used in concert with physical therapy, assistive devices like canes and walkers. Specific therapy will depend on your type of dermatomyositis and your manifestations. ...Read more
See below: There's no cure for dermatomyositis, but treatment can improve your skin and your muscle strength and function. The earlier treatment is started in the course of dermatomyositis, the more effective it is, leading to fewer complications. Corticosteroids additional immunosuppressive therapies biological therapies other treatment approaches see below link for more details. ...Read more
With having amyopathic dermatomyositis and acne rosacea at the same time, can I have laser therapy for the acne scars or what treatment would work?
Lasers for scars: Your question is a little unclear as in rosacea there is not usually acne scars. Perhaps you meant acne vulgaris rather than acne rosacea. Anyway, you would be able in most circumstances to be able to receive laser for the redness of rosacea or laser for acne scars. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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