Dermatomyositis is a rare disease in which persistent inflammation in skin and muscle tissue leads to an itchy skin rash and muscle weakness in multiple parts of the body. NYU Langone dermatologists, rheumatologists, and neuromuscular specialists diagnose dermatomyositis and provide specialized care to manage symptoms.
Dermatomyositis can affect people of any age and is considered chronic, although in some people the symptoms may fade after several years. Our dermatologists create a treatment plan to relieve rash-related itchiness and redness, and work with other NYU Langone specialists in neuromuscular disorders, rheumatology, and rehabilitation to help you relieve muscle weakness and improve strength. Children with dermatomyositis are treated by experts at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
Doctors recommend one or more medications to reduce inflammation in skin and muscle tissue, which can relieve the symptoms of dermatomyositis. Limiting your exposure to the sun may also help control the rash. Physical therapy can help you rebuild strength, restore your range of motion, and prevent any further loss of muscle function.
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