When you have Sjogren’s syndrome, your eyes, mouth, and other parts of your body get dried out. There are treatments that bring relief, though.
It’s natural to worry when you learn you’ve got a lifelong disease that will need regular care. Keep in mind that most people with Sjogren’s stay healthy and don’t have serious problems. You should be able to keep doing all the things you love to do without making many changes.
Sjogren’s causes your immune system to go haywire and attack healthy cells instead of invading bacteria or viruses. Conditions like this are called autoimmune diseases. Your white blood cells, which normally protect you from germs, attack the glands that are in charge of making moisture. When that happens, they can’t produce tears and saliva.
Dry eyes and dry mouth are the most common symptoms. You can sometimes get problems in other parts of your body, such as swollen glands around your face and neck, dry skin or nasal passages, or painful and stiff joints.