Sjogren's Syndrome

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sjogrens syndrome is a disease that causes dryness in your mouth and eyes. Most people who get Sjogrens syndrome are older than 40. Nine of 10 are women. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Sjgrens (show-grins) syndrome is a disease that causes severe dryness in the mouth, eyes and other areas of the body that have mucus membranes.

Sjgrens syndrome is an autoimmune disease. This means that your bodys immune system mistakenly attacks your own healthy cells. It usually affects women in their late 40s and early 50s. Sjgrens syndrome may develop in people who have other autoimmune diseases.

The most common symptom of Sjgrens syndrome is having severe dryness in the eyes and mouth. This lasts for at least three months and isnt caused by any medicines you are taking. Your eyes may feel gritty and itchy. You may have trouble swallowing, eating dry foods or even speaking. You may also feel very tired.

Treatment includes over-the-counter or prescription eye drops to help with dry eyes and saliva substitutes to help with dry mouth.

Currently, there is not a cure for Sjgrens syndrome. However, in most cases, treatment can help relieve your symptoms and prevent complications.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.