Lupus Overlap Diseases - Sjorgen's Syndrome
Sjogren’s syndrome is an auto-immune condition in which the immune system attacks the moisture producing glands in the body which produce tears, saliva, and skin, bowel and other secretions. Typical symptoms include dry, itchy or irritated eyes, a dry mouth with difficulty swallowing, joint pain and muscle aches and extreme fatigue.
Treatment for Sjogren’s syndrome can involve medication such as Hydroxychloroquine which is an anti-malarial and used in Sjogren’s syndrome to modify and slow down the immune system’s attack on the moisture producing glands. It can also reduce muscle and joint pain and stiffness. Other immunosuppressive drugs may also be used particularly if Sjogren’s is associated with other diseases such as Lupus.
People with Sjogren’s syndrome are advised to pay particular attention to their dental hygiene and there are various treatments available to help with nasal, eye, mouth and skin dryness. Medications are also