Sjögren’s Syndrome – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system attacks the body’s own saliva- and tear-producing cells. Dr. Gabor Illei, the head of the Sjögren’s Syndrome Clinic at the NIH, says some common symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome are dry eyes and dry mouth.
Illei: The first line of treatment is symptomatic to treat the dryness, mouth dryness and eye dryness primarily.
Narrator: Water and sugar-free candies can help dry mouth, and eye drops can help dry eyes. There are also some medications that can help, but there is no cure for the disease. For details on Sjögren’s syndrome, visit www.nidcr.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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