Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack the glands that maintain moisture in your body, such as saliva and tears. The main symptoms are dry mouth and dry eyes, but it can also cause dryness of the skin, nose, throat, and vagina.
Sjögren’s syndrome is also in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and affects your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and it can cause swelling, pain, and can limit your range of motion. Additionally, Sjogren’s syndrome can involve blood vessels, digestive organs, kidneys, lungs, and nerves.
Sjögren syndrome can occur at any age, but it mostly affects women over 40. It often occurs along with other immune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Symptoms may include:
- Dry eyes or irritated eyes
- Dry mouth, which can cause mouth infections and affect swallowing, speaking, and tasting
- Skin problems, including dryness and rashes
- Chronic dry cough
- Thyroid problems
- Muscle and joint pain
- Numbness and tingling in your arms and legs
- Vaginal dryness
Rheumatologists at University of Miami Health System offer expert care to relieve your Sjögren's symptoms and improve your quality of life when living with an autoimmune disorder. With locations throughout South Florida, you can get personalized treatment for your immune system that's close to home.
Why Choose UHealth?
The latest treatments for Sjögren’s syndrome. Our rheumatologists are also researchers, so you get care from specialists on the leading edge of autoimmune disease and rheumatic disease care. You get the latest approaches from an experienced team.
Comprehensive care from a team of specialists. Sjögren syndrome affects many areas of your body, so our rheumatologists work with doctors from a full range of medical specialties to give you complete care. You get comprehensive, coordinated care from dermatologists, gastroenterologists, cardiovascular specialists, pulmonologists (lung diseases), nephrologists (kidney diseases), orthopedic doctors, and others as needed.
Specialized care to improve your quality of life. Your team will educate you about caring for your dry eyes and dry mouth, protecting your voice, and avoiding medicines or other substances that make symptoms worse. We make sure you have the support and resources you need to relieve symptoms and improve your well-being.