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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is sjogren syndrome?

An autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the organs that produce tears and saliva. This results in dry eyes and dry mouth. In some cases, the internal organs can also be gradually affected.

Symptoms of sjogren syndrome

  • Dry eyes

  • Pain in the same joints on both left and right sides.

  • Eyes feel itchy

  • Bloodshot eyes

  • Joints feel warm

  • Joint pain even when resting

  • Dry Mouth

  • Fingers and toes turn from pale blue to purplish-red when in the cold

Questions your doctor may ask to check for sjogren syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose sjogren syndrome

  • Do you have dry eyes?

  • Do you have the same joint pain on both sides of your body (symmetrical)?

  • Do you have itchy eyes?

  • Do you have bloodshot (red) eyes?

  • Are your joints hot to touch?

Treatment for sjogren syndrome

Treatment aims to keep the eyes and mouth moist, preventing further damage. This is done through regular eye drops and sprays. Some patients may also experience joint pains or rashes; these symptoms can be managed with anti-inflammation medicine and creams.

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References

  • Ramos-Casals M, Brito-Zerón P, Sisó-Almirall A, Bosch X. Primary Sjogren syndrome. BMJ. 2012 Jun 14;344:e3821. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e3821. PMID: 22700787.

    https://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3821

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