How to spot juvenile dermatomyositis

Rashes on the arms of a child. A study has found that the skin disease atopic dermatitis, or eczema, strikes about 21 per cent of primary and secondary students in Singapore.
Rashes on the arms of a child. A study has found that the skin disease atopic dermatitis, or eczema, strikes about 21 per cent of primary and secondary students in Singapore.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Children with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) may have difficulty getting up from a chair or out of bed, or even swallowing. They may also develop a skin rash. However, these two primary symptoms of JDM - muscle weakness and skin rash - can be difficult to detect.

The rash may look like eczema: red, flaky, sometimes itchy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2018, with the headline 'How to spot juvenile dermatomyositis'. Subscribe