Sjogrens Syndrome- The Immune System Disorder
It is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the healthy cells instead of invading the bacteria and virus. This causes the mouth and eyes to be dried up.
Sjogrens syndrome affects 0.1 to 4% of people in the United States, and 90% of them are women.(1)
Sjogrens syndrome is
- Treatable, but the condition cannot be cured
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Laboratory tests and imaging are required
- Can last for years or be lifelong
It can occur at any age but is most common in older women. Although symptoms vary in type and intensity, people with this disorder are able to live their lives normally. The cause of Sjogrens syndrome is yet not known, but risks increase if the person has rheumatic disease like rheumatic arthritis or lupus.
The common symptoms of Sjogrens syndrome are as follows:
- Dryness of the mouth and eyes
- Abnormality of taste
- Dry cough
- Joint stiffness
- Vaginal dryness
- Swollen lymph nodes
Self-care: Increasing fluid intake, quit smoking, and a using nasal saline spray can be some of the ways to prevent the dryness of the mouth and eyes. In addition, maintaining oral health is also important to reduce the symptoms of Sjogrens syndrome.
Medication: Doctors may prescribe eye drops to decrease eye inflammation, or drugs containing pilocarpine and cevimeline which can increase the production of saliva and tears too. If people develop arthritis then doctors may recommend Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Antifungal medications can also be prescribed to treat Yeast infections.
Specialists: For other kinds, do consult a physician at the earliest. mfine can provide with information related to medical conditions, you can also come on board for a holistic treatment.