Dermatomyositis is known to be an incurable chronic condition with which a patient learns to cope and live with all through their life. The brighter side of the picture is that victims can benefit from various forms of treatment that can help them regain physical stability and restore their health balance afterwards. Treatment is able to improve one’s skin and muscle function and strength. Treatment is best started early on to make it more effective and lessen the complications in future. There isn’t a single specific approach which is better and a doctor has to tailor a treatment strategy that is symptom based.
The medications commonly used in treating dermatomyositis include corticosteroids, anti-malarial medications, rituxan and corticosteroid sparing agents. Prednisone is one drug known to be very efficient in controlling myositis symptoms. Therapy can also be used depending with how severe the symptoms are. Physical therapy is useful for patients to assist in maintaining and improving flexibility and strength. One can try out exercises that are appropriate without straining too much. Speech therapy is good for patients with weakened swallowing muscles. Dietetic assessment becomes useful when a patient is unable to chew or swallow.
A dietitian is able to teach a patient on how to prepare foods that are easier to eat. Other procedures that can be used include surgery and intravenous immunoglobulin. Surgery is an option when it comes to removing calcium deposits that are painful and also in preventing skin infections from recurring. Intravenous immunoglobulin is a blood product that is purified and it contains healthy antibodies gotten from many blood donors. These antibodies help to block the antibodies that are damaging which attack the skin and muscles. It is given as a vein infusion and this treatment is quite expensive and might need to be regularly repeated to enable continuation of effects.
The treatment may vary for different patients. It’s important to consult your doctor.