In the 1930s, Swedish ophthalmologist Henrik Sjögren observed a group of women suffering from arthritis, and curiously, symptoms of dry eyes and dry mouth. After years of study, the syndrome becomes known as Sjögren’s Syndrome, named after the man who provided medical science with valuable information and knowledge regarding this autoimmune disorder.
At her Beverly Hills practice, Susan Baker, M.D. provides her patients with treatment for various rheumatologic and autoimmune disorders, including Sjögren’s Syndrome. To learn more about the condition, or to schedule a consultation at Dr. Baker’s office, please call (310) 274-7770 today.
What is Sjögren’s Syndrome?
Symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome
- Dry mouth: A lack of saliva results in difficultly speaking or swallowing. In many cases, patients experience the sensation of their mouth being full of cotton.
- Dry eyes: Sjögren’s Syndrome usually creates a feeling of irritation, grittiness, or burning within the eyes. Due to decreased tear production, patients are at a higher risk for developing infections or suffering cornea damage.
In addition, patients suffering from Sjögren’s Syndrome can experience joint pain and stiffness, skin rashes, dry cough, and prolonged fatigue. If you identify from any of these symptoms, it’s possible that you may be suffering from an undiagnosed case of Sjögren’s Syndrome.
Treatment of Sjögren’s Syndrome
When being tested for Sjögren’s Syndrome, patients may be subjected to blood tests, physical examinations, eye tests, imaging, and more. Since symptoms like dry eyes and or dry mouth may be caused by a variety of unrelated symptoms, it’s important to properly ensure that patients are suffering from Sjögren’s Syndrome before providing treatment. Blood tests will help Dr. Baker check a patient’s blood cell levels, blood glucose levels, and other indications important to the diagnosis of Sjögren’s Syndrome. If a patient is determined to be suffering from the autoimmune disorder, then treatment will begin.
Depending on the severity of Sjögren’s Syndrome in each patient, different treatment options may be used when combating the condition. To help with dry eyes, patients may be provided with eye drops, which will help inflammation around the eyes while simultaneously increasing tear production.
Medications may also be used to manage the production of saliva. Depending on a patient’s specific condition, Dr. Baker may prescribe medications/drugs that increase the production of saliva, or medications that address specific complications like arthritis.
To learn more about Sjögren’s Syndrome treatment, visit health.uconn.edu
Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Is Sjögren’s Syndrome dangerous?
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Contact Dr. Susan Baker Today
Though not often serious, Sjögren’s Syndrome can be uncomfortable and lead to serious complications if left untreated. At her Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Baker specializes in providing patients with treatment that is ideal for them. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker, please call (310) 274-7770 today.
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