- What It Is
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How to Treat Dermatomyositis
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
General Health Maintenance
Because this is a serious disease with long-term implications, physical exercise, a healthy lifestyle, and a nutritious diet are an integral part of treatment.
Cortisone-like drugs, usually oral prednisone, often produce a satisfactory response over the course of 2-3 months. After this, the dose may be reduced according to the activity of the disease.
Agents used to treat cancer and organ transplants have helped patients who did not respond to prednisone. Examples of these medicines include:
- Mycophenolate mofetil
The following treatments have been used for severe cases:
- Intravenous immune globulin
- Total body irradiation
- Plasma exchange
What It Is
Learn the basics of this condition. Find out what you're dealing with.
What causes Dermatomyositis? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
Are you at risk of getting Dermatomyositis? Inside you'll find known risk factors for the condition.
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
What are the Dermatomyositis symptoms? Are you showing any? Learn more today.
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.
Learn more about the specific tests or exams given by your doctor to screen for Dermatomyositis.
What medications offer relief or help with this condition? Are there side effects? Risks? Learn more.
How can you prevent Dermatomyositis? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
Can this condition be treated? What Dermatomyositis treatment options are available?
Learn more about the day to day care of this condition. Changes to your activity, diet, exercise, and more.
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