Dry eyes, dry mouth, and joint pain or stiffness associated with Sjogren's syndrome can diminish your quality of life. Fortunately, the highly skilled team of board-certified rheumatologists at Rheumatology Solutions in San Antonio, Texas, offers medications and other simple solutions for symptom relief. To learn more about your options, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.
Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease, which means your immune system mistakenly attacks parts of your own body. If you have Sjogren’s syndrome, your body can attack glands that make saliva and tears, resulting in dryness and other unpleasant symptoms in your throat, skin, eyes, nose, and other parts of your body. It can also cause problems with your joints, organs, and nerves.
If you have Sjogren’s syndrome, you might experience the following signs or symptoms:
Complications that can develop with Sjogren's syndrome include yeast infections, cavities, vision problems, and eye damage.
Certain factors appear to increase your risk of developing Sjogren's syndrome. While you can experience it at any age, most people diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome are older than 40. It’s more common among women than men. Having a rheumatic disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, also boosts your risk.
To diagnose Sjogren’s syndrome, your doctor discusses your symptoms and reviews your medical history. They complete a physical exam and might recommend mouth and eye tests, blood tests, imaging procedures, or biopsies.
To treat Sjogren’s syndrome, your rheumatologist helps reduce unpleasant symptoms. They tailor each treatment to your specific needs and might recommend medications or lifestyle changes, such as:
A minor surgical procedure helps seal tear ducts to reduce tear drainages and relieve dry eyes associated with Sjogren’s syndrome. Your rheumatologist lets you know if you’re a good candidate for surgery and might recommend it if other dry-eye treatments haven’t worked.
Don’t live with unpleasant symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome when simple treatments are available at Rheumatology Solutions. At the first sign of the disease, call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.