’s is an annoying and potentially dangerous condition characterized by general dryness.
What is Sjogren’s Syndrome?
Sjogren’s syndrome is anand primarily appears as a general dryness of the and . The -producing of the are very important, as that moisture can often help the body rid itself of and foreign substances.
Autoimmune diseases come in a wide of forms and can have very unusual and . Sjogren’s syndrome is no different and primarily appears as a general dryness of the eyes and mouth. The moisture-producing glands of the body are very important, as that moisture can often help the body rid itself of toxins and foreign substances.
The cause of the condition is not specifically known, but it is widely believed to result from genetic and environmental factors. As with all autoimmune diseases, the body’s system essentially begins attacking , and the subsequent inflammation in those moisture-producing glands can damage the glands , making it difficult for them to to those parts of the body.
A secondary version of this syndrome can also arise as a side effect of aor a viral , or as a secondary symptom of another autoimmune disease.
While dryness of the eyes and mouth doesn’t seem like the end of the, as with many autoimmune diseases, the condition can worsen, resulting in more extreme symptoms and a serious impact on quality of life.
Some of the other common symptoms of Sjogren’s include:
- Dry skin
- in the and
- A dry
However, if the symptoms become more serious,can usually get a test to reveal higher levels of that are commonly associated with the syndrome.
A lip orgland biopsy can also show high levels of , which will form near damaged salivary glands caused by this syndrome. Once the diagnosis is made, however, the treatment must begin.