Sjogren's syndrome Definition: Sjogren's (SHOW-grins) syndrome is a disorder of your autoimmune system.Sjögren's syndrome involves inflammation of glands and other tissues of the body resulting in decreased production of tears and saliva.
Symptoms Most Common Symptoms Dry, gritty, sore or burning eyes Eyes may be sensitive to sun, tear excessively Dry or burning mouth, yeast infections Difficulty speaking, chewing or swallowing Frequently using liquids to help swallow dry foods Increased dental decay Fatigue Swollen salivary glands Difficulty wearing dental apparatus Altered sense of taste or smell Sore weak muscles Joint pain Dry cough Dry nose Sore or cracked tongue Mouth sores Dry skin and rashes Vaginal dryness Digestive problems Headaches
Tretment Moving to the outside of the body, remember to keep the ocular surface as healthy as you can by using good lid hygiene. This means cleaning the lids daily and using hot compresses at least once per day. The lid glands that supply the oil for the tear film, can remain open and functioning if you attend to them regularly with this regime. Topical eye drops do not cure your dry eyes but do lubricate the surfaces and help to maintain the cells in a healthier fashion. There are so many drops that it is often difficult to find the “best” one. In fact the best one is the one that feels best on your eyes and lasts the longest. Your eye care professional can help you with this choice. If you are using drops more than 4 times a day it is usually best to use a non-preserved drop as the preservatives in the drop may cause harm to the ocular surface. Non-preserved drops usually come in individual unit dose form.