Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic and extensive dry eyes and mouth. Additional signs and symptoms include fatigue, trouble swallowing, swollen glands and dryness in the nose, throat, vagina and/or skin. Although Sjogren’s syndrome can occur at any age, it is most common in older women and is often a complication of another condition such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Treatments for Sjogren’s syndrome focus on symptom relief and prevention of long-term complications including infection and dental disease.
Organizations exist to help and support those dealing with Sjogren’s syndrome in their lives.