By Cara Murez 

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Skin conditions may be the first sign that a person has a rheumatic disease that will also affect the joints, muscles or ligaments.

It’s essential to know what to look for, said Dr. Kathryn Dao, an associate professor of internal medicine in the Division of Rheumatic Diseases at UT Southwestern in Dallas.

“Skin lesions can occur at any time,” Dao said in a university news release. “If they are associated with an autoimmune disease, they will manifest when the disease is active. When autoimmune diseases are treated, the skin lesions will usually…


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