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How can chronic dermatomyositis be treated?

I HAVE ADULT DERMATOMYOSITIS 5YEARS NOW AND I HAVE BEEN RECEIVING RITUXAN INFUSIONS 2 CYCLES EVERY 6 MONTHS ALONG WITH PREDNISONE DAILY , IM BEING WEANED OFF PREDNISONE AND CURRENTLY WHILE DOING THAT I HAVE BEEN PUT ON 200MG PLAQUENIL FOR INFLAMMATION I HAVE ONLY BEEN ON THE PLAQUENIL FOR ALMOST A MONTH AND 2 DAYS AGO STARTED ITCHING BADLY AND GETTING WORSE LOOKS LIVE HIVES AND ALSO RASH, ITS SPREADING STARTED AT LOWER EXTREMITIES AND NOW MY BACK ARMS AND I CAN FEEL IT STARTING ON MY HEAD, IM GOING TO CALL MY DOCTOR TOMORROW BECAUSE I CANT RELATE ANYTHING ELSE TO THIS CONDITIOIN EXCEPT PLAQUENIL. IM USING A TOPICAL STEROID CREAM DOESNT HELP MUCH. HAVE YOU HEARD OF THIS HAPPENING.
Mon, 27 Aug 2018
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Hi,

Dermatomyositis is a medical condition which does not have a specific treatment. Corticosteroid medications, such as Prednisone, are the common method of treatment in most cases. Other possible treatment are:
-physical therapy
-surgery

You should consult your doctor for a treatment plan depending on your medical history.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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How can chronic dermatomyositis be treated?

Hi, Dermatomyositis is a medical condition which does not have a specific treatment. Corticosteroid medications, such as Prednisone, are the common method of treatment in most cases. Other possible treatment are: -physical therapy -surgery You should consult your doctor for a treatment plan depending on your medical history. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.