Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs and lymph glands. In people with sarcoidosis, abnormal masses or nodules (called granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues form in certain organs of the body. These granulomas may alter the normal structure and possibly the function of the affected organ s.
Symptoms may include Tender reddish bumps or patches on the skin, Red and teary eyes or blurred vision, Swollen and painful joints, Enlarged and tender lymph glands in the neck, armpits, and groin, Enlarged lymph glands in the chest and around the lungs.
Drug treatments are used to relieve symptoms and reduce the inflammation of the affected tissues. The oral corticosteroid prednisone is the most commonly used treatment. Other treatment options include methotrexate(Otrexup, Rheumatrex), hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil).