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Sjögren's syndrome

Sjögren's syndrome is a condition that affects parts of the body that produce fluids, like tears and spit (saliva).

A common symptom of Sjögren's syndrome is dryness in different parts of your body, such as dry eyes, a dry mouth, dry skin or vaginal dryness.

Treatment for Sjögren's syndrome depends on your symptoms. For example, dry eyes may be treated with eye drops or tablets that help you produce tears.

Sjögren's syndrome is caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the body. It mainly affects areas that produce fluids, like tears or saliva.

Read more on the NHS website.

A common symptom of Sjögren's syndrome is dryness in different parts of your body, such as dry eyes, a dry mouth, dry skin or vaginal dryness.

Symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome

The symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome include:

Read more on the NHS website.

Treatment for Sjögren's syndrome depends on your symptoms. For example, dry eyes may be treated with eye drops or tablets that help you produce tears.

Self-care

To help relieve the symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome:

  • avoid dry, smoky or windy places
  • avoid reading, watching TV or looking at screens for a long time
  • make sure you maintain good oral hygiene
  • do not smoke or drink alcohol

Medical treatments

There's currently no cure for Sjögren's syndrome, but there are several treatments that can help, such as:

  • eye drops that keep your eyes wet (artificial tears)
  • sprays, lozenges (medicated sweets) and gels that keep your mouth wet (saliva substitutes)
  • medicine that helps your body produce more tears and saliva

Read more on the NHS website.

Sjögren's syndrome is caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the body. It mainly affects areas that produce fluids, like tears or saliva.

Read more on the NHS website.