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Keys for Catching Sjögren’s Syndrome Early

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This information has been reviewed and approved by Mehrnaz Maleki Fischbach, MD, July 2023.

What Is Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease most commonly identified by chronic dryness of the eyes and mouth. Sjögren’s syndrome is a progressive disease and can lead to other symptoms and complications.

Catching Sjögren’s early can help immensely when it comes to managing the condition.

Understanding Autoimmunity

Autoimmune diseases occur when the body attacks itself. The immune system reacts as if there’s an infection or virus it needs to eradicate. However, in these cases the targets are otherwise healthy tissues. Autoimmune diseases can cause inflammation and scarring, among other complications. 



  • Persistent dry mouth
  • Persistent dry eyes
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Dry skin and rashes
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue


Why You Should Watch for Dryness

Sjögren’s syndrome initially affects the glands that produce tears, saliva, and mucus, drying out the mouth and eyes.

Who’s at Risk? 

As with many autoimmune diseases, women (particularly women over 40) have a dramatically higher risk of developing Sjögren’s than men. People with other autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop Sjögren’s syndrome.

Treating Sjögren’s Early is Crucial

While there is no cure for Sjögren’s syndrome yet, there are ways to treat and manage its symptoms. Catching Sjögren’s earlier is extremely important to slow down its progression. Medications and dietary changes can help.

If Sjögren’s syndrome is left unchecked, it can lead to serious complications, such as blindness. Talk to your doctor for more information.

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