Dermatomysoitis is a rare inflammatory condition in which the muscles get inflamed. It can affect anyone from children to adults. It is common in children between 5 to 15 years of age and in adults it occurs from late 40s to early 60s. Although there is no cure for dermatoysoitis but the symptoms may improve at times.
The exact cause is not known yet but it has similarities with autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases occur when the antibodies attack the healthy cells. People who have viral infection or cancer are more prone to getting dermatomyositis.
Rashes on the face, chest, nails, or elbows that can appear to be red or violet are common symptoms of dermatomyositis. Some other signs and symptoms dermatomyositis include:
It is considered as the easiest of the inflammatory muscle diseases to diagnose due to the appearance of rashes. Even when there is no muscle dermatomyositis, but the doctor will be able to diagnose it with the amyopathic dermatomyositis. Some tests that can be done to confirm the diagnosis include:
There is no cure for dermatomyositis yet but the treatment is done to improve the condition of the skin and muscle weakness.
The response to the therapy is good in most cases of dermatomyositis. People who have cardiac or pulmonary problems may show some resistant to the therapy.
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