What is Sjogren’s Syndrome?
Sjogren’s Syndrome is a disorder caused by an immune rejection to the human body’s own cells. The body does not recognize itself and undermines its own cells. In this case the attack occurs mainly to the secreting glands.
Result of this attack, the syndrome is primarily characterized by dry mouth, eyes and membranes and the pain in the joints. It usually occurs between 40 and 45 and affects more women than men.
Lack of saliva consequences
The lack of saliva can cause oral fermentations since there is no liquid in the mouth enough to clean the impurities. This can result in a rise in bacteria that can damage teeth and cause bad breath.
Similarly, the xerostomia that produces the syndrome is a cause that can lead to dry mouth and may be responsible for the appearance of diseases in the gums or teeth, such as caries or gingivitis. People with dry mouth should keep a proper care of their teeth and make frequent visits to the dentist.
Saliva is also very important for digestion. A lack of saliva may be responsible for bad digestion.
Sjogren’s Syndrome must be treated properly in order to prevent possible more serious disorders such as renal insufficiency, pulmonary infections or lymphatic tumors.
Symptoms of Sjogren Syndrome
The main symptoms of Sjogren Syndrome are:
Symptoms affecting the salivary glands: dry mouth, lack of saliva in the mouth, increased parotid glands, lack of taste for food and difficulty swallowing.
Symptoms affecting the eyes: Dry eyes, itchy eyes, sensitivity to light, redness, sores in the corneas.
Symptoms that affect other mucous membranes: Dryness and possible bleeding nose, dryness of the lungs with the possibility of hoarseness, or bronchitis. Vaginal dryness with penetration pain.
Causes of Sjogren Syndrome
No one knows the causes that produce this syndrome. Among the most accepted theories, we can point out:
– Rheumatic diseases: This syndrome is generally related with rheumatic diseases.
– Genetic Factors: People with relatives who have the disorder can develop it more easily.
– Hormonal Factors: The presence of certain hormones may trigger the syndrome.
– Virus: Attack of certain viruses may cause chronic overreaction and on the institution itself.
It is possible that the disease might be caused by the combination of the three factors mentioned above.
Diagnosis and treatment of Sjogren’s Syndrome
Having the above symptoms, you are required to visit your doctor who will diagnose the causes of the problem and will apply the appropriate treatment.
Diagnosis can be achieved with a physical examination of your eyes and mouth. Sometimes other further analysis can be necessary (Tear analysis, rheumatoid factor, salivary glands biopsy, etc)
The suitable treatment of Sjogren syndrome is intended to treat the symptoms of it ( medicines for eye dryness or mouth dryness; anti inflammatory medicines to treat arthritis, medicines for the proper care of your teeth and mouth, etc)
The natural treatment of the syndrome of Sjogren involves the use of natural resources that help to solve the disorder.
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