What is it?

Eosinophilic fasciitis is a syndrome in which tissue under the skin and over the muscle, called fascia, becomes swollen, inflamed and thick. The skin on the arms, legs, neck, abdomen or feet can swell quickly. The condition is very rare.
EF may look similar to scleroderma, but is not related. Unlike scleroderma, in EF, the fingers are not involved.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include:
* Tenderness and swelling of the skin on the arms, legs, or sometimes the joints (most often on both sides of the body)
* Arthritis
* Carpal tunnel syndrome
* Muscle pain
* Thickened skin that looks puckered


Tests that may be done include:
* CBC with differential
* Gamma globulins (a type of immune system protein)
* Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
* Muscle biopsy
* Skin biopsy (the biopsy needs to include the deep tissue of the fascia)


Corticosteroids and other immune-suppressing medicines are used to relieve symptoms. These medicines are more effective when started early in the disease. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also help reduce symptoms.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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