What is Sjogren’s?

Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the glands that produce moisture, such as the salivary and tear glands. The condition often accompanies other immune system disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and its two most common symptoms — dry eyes and a dry mouth.

In Sjogren’s syndrome, the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands of your eyes and mouth are usually affected first — resulting in decreased tears and saliva. Although you can develop Sjogren’s syndrome at any age, most people are older than 40 at the time of diagnosis. The condition is much more common in women. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms.

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