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What is the treatment for dermatomyositis?

What is the treatment for dermatomyositis?

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

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Dermatomyositis (Definition)

A very broad term generally encompassing otherwise uncharacterized general malaise, soreness, and fatigue.. A variety of causes has been implicated over the years: viral, autoimmune, ...Read more


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What is the recommended treatment for dermatomyositis?

What is the recommended treatment for dermatomyositis?

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

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How common is having dermatomyositis and scleroderma and what is the best treatment?

How common is having dermatomyositis and scleroderma and what is the best treatment?

Uncommon: These are uncommon diseases but inflammatory muscle disease can be seen with scleroderma like skin changes in mixed connective tissue disease, anti-synthetase syndrome and sometimes as a complication of scleroderma. ...Read more

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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?

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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 more

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What are good treatments for dermatomyositis?

What are good treatments for dermatomyositis?

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

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What're current treatments for dermatomyositis?

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

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How to live with dermatomyositis?

How to live with dermatomyositis?

Dermatomyositis: You have a rare disease. You should be under the care of a rheumatologist with experience treating this disease. Dermatomyositis often has long periods of remission and can usually be controlled when active. Working with your doctor is the most important step in living with this disease. It will require medication to treat when active and physical therapy to help with weakness when controlled. ...Read more

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How many people have dermatomyositis?

0.6-1 in 100,000: It is the most common immune-mediated myositis, but still uncommon. ...Read more

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What are some dermatomyositis exercises?

Exercise for myopath: The first step is to get the disease under control and CPK level to normal. Do not exercise until this is done. Then begin quad strengthening and light weights for the arms. Biceps, triceps, deltoid. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Dermatomyositis?

Dermatomyositis: Literally inflammation of the skin and muscles. A very broad term generally encompassing otherwise uncharacterized general malaise, soreness, and fatigue. A variety of causes has been implicated over the years: viral, autoimmune, part of other syndromes. ...Read more

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Can dermatomyositis be prevented?

Can dermatomyositis be prevented?

Dermatomyositis: There are no preventive measures for dermatomyositis which is an autoimmune disease that affects skin and muscles. Dermatomyositis follows a viral illness or as autoimmune entity . In few patients it is present with cancer. It also affects lungs, heart and esophagus . It also overlaps at times with lupus. Scleroderma and sjogren's . Diagnosis by muscle /skin biopsy. ...Read more

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What is juvenile dermatomyositis?

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

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Is dermatomyositis an auto-immune disease?

Is dermatomyositis an auto-immune disease?

Yes: It is an inflammatory myopathy, a disease in which the immune system launches an attack on the body's muscles. The primary symptom is weakness, not pain. In dermatomyositis, the immune system also causes various skin rashes. ...Read more

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Muscle symptoms of dermatomyositis include what?

Muscle symptoms of dermatomyositis include what?

Proximal weakness: Muscle symptoms are related to damage of large, proximal muscle groups (thighs, shoulders) and may include weakness getting out of a chair or bed, weakness reaching above your head or brushing your hair. There may also be muscle pain and soreness. ...Read more

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What are the muscle symptoms of dermatomyositis?

See details: This condition is characterized by weakness of the muscles of the upper arm and thigh often associated with pain or tenderness. Dermatomyositis also is characterized by specific types of rashes especially around joints and the eyelids. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is dermatomyositis an immune disease?

Yes: Dermatomyositis (dm) is a disease when the immune system inappropriatly attacks the skin and the muscles. Typical symptoms include a characteristic rash and muscle weakness. Some patients have other organ involvement such as the lungs. ...Read more

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What can I do to address juvenile dermatomyositis?

What can I do to address juvenile dermatomyositis?

Several Rxs': I believe the concomitant use of modest dose steroids and Methotrexate works best. When the mtx kicks in, you can begin a quicker tapering of the steroids. ...Read more

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How bad are the muscle symptoms of dermatomyositis?

How bad are the muscle symptoms of dermatomyositis?

Pain issues less....: Dermatomyositis causes death of muscle tissue. Proximal muscle weakness is usually what is first noted. Surprisingly, muscle pain is a much smaller issue. Most often treaated with Methotrexate and/or steroids. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is juvenile dermatomyositis ?

See details: This is a disease characterized by proximal muscle inflammation and a characteristic skin rash. The pain and weakness are basically in the upper arms and legs. ...Read more