Dermatomyositis

  • Inflammation of the muscles and skin most often affecting the shoulders, pelvis and neck
  • May also involve other organs such as the esophagus, lungs and heart
  • Symptoms may include muscle weakness and pain, violet-colored or dusky red rash and swelling around the eyes
  • Cause unknown
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in school aged children and middle age to elderly adults
  • May be mild without symptoms to severe and debilitating
  • May become life threatening

  • Use sunscreen regularly
  • Get plenty of rest; do not overexert yourself
  • Moderate exercise regularly

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid items or situations that cause you to itch
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use creams, lotions or gels that soothe and cool the skin
  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

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