Connective Tissue Diseases such as Lupus, Dermatomyositis, Morphea, and Scleroderma

What is connective tissue disease?

Connective tissue is a disease where the immune system attacks the skin, and in some instances, the internal organs. Clinical features are highly variable and often need a dermatologist for diagnosis and effective treatment.

The four most prominent connective tissue diseases treated by dermatologists are:

  • Lupus erythematosus, a multisystem disorder that can cause sun sensitivity and skin sores;
  • Dermatomyostitis, a multisystem disorder affecting the skin and/or muscles causing weakness and sun sensitivity;
  • Scleroderma or systemic sclerosis, a multisystem disease that results in skin tightening, ulcers, and blood vessel abnormalities; and
  • Morphea, a skin-focused condition in which the skin may become thickened and tightly bound or dark and depressed.

Why treat connective tissue disease?

These conditions can be very painful, itchy and cause skin ulcers. Manifestation of the disease on the skin can also be an early warning sign of serious internal problems.

How is connective tissue disease treated at DTLA Derm?

At DTLA Derm, our board-certified dermatologists will give your condition the attention and research-focused treatment it requires. Dr. Cayce has a special interest and background in the treatment of these conditions. We will evaluate your condition and coordinate with other doctors, such as rheumatologists, to ensure that potential internal concerns are addressed. Treatment involves oral medication, medicated creams, and possibly phototherapy. Serial photographs are taken to monitor progress of treatments.

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