Dermatomyositis is a muscle disease that involves muscle weakness, inflammation, and skin rash. Unlike other inflammatory diseases which primarily affect certain age groups and demographics, dermatomyositis can affect people of any age and both genders. At her Beverly Hills office, board-certified rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker can help patients with the management and prevention of various musculoskeletal and connective tissue diseases. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker, please call (310) 274-7770 or fill out an online contact form!
What is Dermatomyositis?
Though dermatomyositis can go through periods of remission, during which its symptoms go away and become less severe, the best way to treat the condition is by scheduling an appointment with a rheumatologist like Dr. Baker. Although the disease isn’t curable, early treatment and diagnosis can improve a patient’s muscle strength and skin. Additionally, early treatment can lead to less complications from the condition, allowing patients to life lives free from the pain and discomfort associated with dermatomyositis and other rheumatology conditions.
Signs and Symptoms of Dermatomyositis
Calcium deposits are another symptom of dermatomyositis. Called calcinosis, the deposits appear as hard bumps beneath the skin, typically appearing within three years after the disease begins. Though calcinosis is more common in children with the disease than adults, it can still appear in patients of any age.
Another symptom of dermatomyositis is progressive muscle weakness, which can appear simultaneously with the skin rash. Patients suffering from muscle weakness may experience difficultly climbing stairs, walking, or rising from seated positions. Muscle weakness tends to affect both sides of the body evenly and becomes worse over time.
Other signs and symptoms of dermatomyositis include :
- Difficulty swallowing
- Weight loss
- Lung issues
If you’re suffering from any one of the aforementioned symptoms, it’s possible that you may be suffering from dermatomyositis and require treatment. Call Dr. Baker today at (310) 274-7770 to schedule a consultation and to determine a treatment plan for your condition.
Cause of Dermatomyositis
Treatment for Dermatomyositis
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any home remedies I can perform to lessen the severity of my dermatomyositis symptoms?
Q: Who is affected by dermatomyositis?
To learn more about dermatomyositis, visit rarediseases.info.nih.gov
Contact Beverly Hills Rheumatologist Dr. Baker Today!
If you are suffering from dermatomyositis, please contact board-certified rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker today. At her Beverly Hills office, Dr. Baker can help patients suffering from dermatomyositis, ankylosing spondylitis, or any other inflammatory disease. Please call (310) 274-7770 to schedule a consultation.
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