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Sjogren’s Syndrome and Its Treatment

Dry eyes are a major symptom of the autoimmune condition Sjogren’s syndrome.

Other normally moist parts of the body – the nose, mouth, throat and vagina – also tend to be dry, causing a range of problems.

Arthritis, resembling rheumatoid arthritis, occurs as the autoimmune process begins to destroy glands that produce protective lubricating fluids. 9 out of 10 sufferers are postmenopausal women.

Treatment of Sjogren’s Syndrome

  • Artificial tears are essential to treat dry eyes.
  • Frequent dental checks will avoid tooth decay due to lack of saliva.
  • Dry vagina responds to vaginal moisturizers, HRT and oestrogen cream or pessaries
    used vaginally.
  • Arthritis should be treated in the same way as rheumatoid arthritis.
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