What is Sjögren's Syndrome
Sjögren’s (“SHOW-grins”) is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. Along with symptoms of extensive dryness, other serious complications include profound fatigue, chronic pain, major organ involvement, neuropathies and lymphomas. Today, as many as four million Americans are living with this disease.
In the autoimmune attack that causes Sjögren’s, disease-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes target the glands that produce moisture – primarily the lacrimal (tear) and salivary (saliva) glands. Although no one knows exactly how damage occurs, damaged glands can no longer produce tears and saliva, and eye and mouth dryness result. When the skin, sinuses, airways and vaginal tissues are affected, dryness occurs in those places as well.
Sjögren's Syndrome Symptoms vary from person to person but may include:
- joint pain
- vaginal & skin dryness
- digestive problems
- a dry, gritty or burning sensation in the eyes
- dry mouth & dry nose
- difficulty talking, chewing or swallowing
- a sore or cracked tongue
- dry or burning throat
- dry or peeling lips
- a change in taste or smell
- increased dental decay
- debilitating fatigue
Sjögren’s symptoms frequently overlap with or “mimic” those of other diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple sclerosis. Symptoms of dryness also can occur for reasons other than Sjögren’s, such as a side effect of medications (for example, antidepressants, allergy and high blood pressure medications), further making a diagnosis of Sjögren’s difficult.
Currently, there is no cure for Sjögren’s. However, treatments may improve various symptoms and prevent complications. Many symptoms and problems of Sjögren’s can be treated with over-the-counter products. These can help to alleviate different types of dryness and pain, but you should check with your physician when adding these medications to your regimen.
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