Sjogren syndrome (SS) is a disorder of the immune system. The body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissue. In this case it, it affects the mucus membranes and certain glands. These glands produce moisture such as tears, saliva, and sweat. Common symptoms include dry eyes, dry mouth, problems swallowing, swollen glands, and dental cavities.
The cause of SS is unknown. Some genes may lead to a higher risk of this syndrome. However, something in the environment may be what triggers the immune problem.
Symptoms tend to come and go. There is no cure, but symptoms can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes.
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Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
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Last reviewed February 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board
Richard Glickman-Simon, MD
Last Updated: 2/22/2019