Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder. It leads to dryness of mouth due to decreased production of saliva and irritation in the eyes due to reduced production of tears. This disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys its own tissues. Sjogren's syndrome may be mild or severe. In mild cases no medication is required and symptoms are usually controlled by drinking more water and using over the counter eye drops. In serious cases in which a person experiences symptoms like skin dryness, dental issues and difficulty in swallowing, doctors prescribe medication to increase saliva production and also control dryness.
HOW IS SJOGREN'S SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Sjogren's Syndrome is diagnosed by conducting a biopsy of the saliva gland.