Dry eyes are a major symptom of the autoimmune condition Sjogren’s syndrome.
Other normally moist parts of the body – the nose, mouth, throat and vagina – also tend to be dry, causing a range of problems.
Arthritis, resembling rheumatoid arthritis, occurs as the autoimmune process begins to destroy glands that produce protective lubricating fluids. 9 out of 10 sufferers are postmenopausal women.
Treatment of Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Artificial tears are essential to treat dry eyes.
- Frequent dental checks will avoid tooth decay due to lack of saliva.
- Dry vagina responds to vaginal moisturizers, HRT and oestrogen cream or pessaries
- Arthritis should be treated in the same way as rheumatoid arthritis.