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Autoimmune disease: The most common symptoms in Sjögren's syndrome are dry eyes and dry mouth because white blood cells get "confused" and attack and destroy glands in the body that make tears, saliva, vaginal secretions, and other secretions. Inflammation in Sjögren's can cause rashes or arthritis, and even liver, kidney or brain disease. Can also cause saliva gland cancer (lymphoma), so getting treated is important. ...Read more
Mucocele, also known as a mucous cyst, is the development of a painless sac of mucous in the mouth, most commonly on the interior of the lower lip, which form following blockage of salivary ducts or from the rupture of a salivary gland. Mucoceles are rarely medically worrisome but can develop into a permanent fibrous ...Read more
Autoimmune Disease: Henrik sjogren described patients with sicca features (dry eyes, dry mouth) and swollen lymph glands. Sjogren's can also cause pulmonary, neurologic and articular disease due to inflammation as well as fatigue. It is an autoimmune disease: primary disorder or secondary to systemic lupus (sle) or ra. Likely viral and genetic facctors initiate. Treated topically (eyes) and systemically like lupus. ...Read more
An autoimmune diseas: Sjögren's is an autoimmune disease where the body "turns against itself" and makes antibodies against the mucous secreting areas of the body- the eyes mouth respiratory and genitourinary it is mostly associated as the dry eyes dry mouth syndrome. Other features may include arthritis and kidney disease. It is vital that you see a rheumatologist to evaluate yourcsymptoms make the correct diagnosis a. ...Read more
Autoimmune disease: Sjogrens is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body starts to " attack" itself due to an alteration in the ability to identify its own tissue. It " perceives" the target tissue as a foreign invader and tries to eliminate it. This leads to signs and symptoms of whatever organ is being attacked. Like many autoimmune diseases, there are genetic factors that predispose someone to be affected. ...Read more
Sjogren's: Sjogren's is the most common of the (so called) connective tissue diseases in the lupus family. Ucsd and scripp's cliic researches suggest on the basis of autoimmine blood tests run on blood donors, 1/300 may have it, although it is closer to 1/500. Variable in severity, it causes loss of water secretions in mouth, eyes, colon, even perspiration, with time. Associated with ss-a, b antibodies. ...Read more
There are many: Sjogrens syndrome most often is a benign condition in the sense that it usually doesn't cause serious internal organ damage. However, it can cause severe dry mouth leading to dental problems, dry eyes leading to corneal abrasions, vaginal dryness leading to painful intercourse. It can also have more serious consequences with skin, nerve, lung, heart, joint, bone marrow, and other organ injury. ...Read more
Carious Lesions: Xerostomia is one of the components of sjogrens syndrome. The best thing to do would be supplement your oral hygiene regimen with Fluoride based agents and if you want to be proactive xylitol based gums, rinses etc would be helpful in keeping you cavity free. See your dentist for regular checkups. ...Read more
If I have sjogrens and tested positive does that mean I've had it from birth? Or can it just pop up later in life?
Not exactly: It may be hard to says when it started but we usually say it starts when your symptoms begin. If blood tests are done before symptoms occur then this can suggest when it started. We see people who have + blood tests years before the symptoms begin. ...Read more
What to do if I have sjogrens syndrome, I was wondering if any scholarships exist for people who suffer with sjogrens?
See a rheumatologist: If you have Sjögren's disease you must be seen evaluated and followed by a rheumatologist.the disease symptoms may vary from mild oral or eye dryness to more serious kidney disease, arthritis or other neurological problems I am not aware of any scholarships but you can contact the Sjögren's Foundation for additional information ...Read more
Is sjogrens ever secondary to hashimotos or is it only considered secondary when ctd is present? Is it sjogrens that causes hashi in someone with both
Different: Patients with collagen vascular disease are at high risk for developing autoimmune thyroid disease. By itself, hashimoto's is very common and not usually a foreboding for other autoimmune disease, though risk is somewhat higher than that of general population for other autoimmune problems. Sjogren's and hashimoto's are caused by different antibodies, but both are autoimmune. ...Read more
Rare: Sjogren's is accompanied by a diminution in the flow of tears. This can cause discomfort and eye redness, and sometimes scarring of the front of the eye if treatment is not given or is ineffective. It would be very rare and sort of neglectful if someone were to have profound vision loss from this condition. ...Read more
Do people with secondary sjogrens have the ssa or ssb, or is this only with primary? I understand 2ndary occurs with already existng ctd.
Primary, usually!: Primary sjogren's is usually associated with ss-a positivity, but both ss-a and ss-b combined is even more specific. But both can be false positive without clinical disease occurring! ...Read more
I have a negative SS-A but positive SS-B diagnosis on my ENA test. I have symptoms consistent with Sjogrens but wondering if it could be anything else?
See details: Usually a positive SSB by itself is not clinically significant. If you believe you have Sjogrens, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Cure/Sjogren Syndrom: No there is no cure for sjogren syndrome but it can go into remission in some cases, some mild cases can be handled with symptomatic therapy. With proper attention to eyes and oral care patients are able to be comfortable. Dry eyes can cause trauma to eyes and corneal obesity, so all patients should be under care of eye doc, dry mouth needs to be handled by dentist to prevent tooth deacay. ...Read more
Keep moist: This is a very common combination. If you are not already on it talk to your rheumatogist about starting plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). It is important to pay attention to eye and mouth dryness. There are several over the counter moisturizers for your eyes and mouth. Using a humidifier at home, keeping hydrated, using sugarless gum (to help produce moisture), eye drops during the day, eye oint. At night all help. ...Read more
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