Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Sjögren’s Syndrome

Frequently Asked Questions About Sjögren’s Syndrome

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  • Treating Sjögren’s syndrome involves targeting body parts that have been affected by the disorder. Doctors may prescribe conventional medication, but some of these may lead to side effects in the long term, so natural remedies must be considered instead
  • While Sjögren’s syndrome is a very serious condition, the disease itself is not fatal. However, careful monitoring is essential, as patients may be predisposed to complications related to the internal organs, and other autoimmune disorders

Q: What organs are affected by Sjögren’s syndrome?

A: Sjögren’s syndrome mainly targets the glands that produce saliva and tears.1 However, in some patients, this disease may  affect these body parts as well:2,3,4

Eyes

Mouth

Nose

Thyroid

Lungs

Stomach

Kidneys

Liver

Vagina

Skin

Throat

Nerves

Blood cells

Joints in the arms, fingers and feet

Q: Is Sjögren’s syndrome a genetic disorder?

A: Yes. It has been reported that Sjögren’s syndrome can occur in  families with a medical history of having it.5 According to researchers from the Oklahoma Medical Research Center, seven genes may predispose a person to Sjögren’s syndrome, namely:6

IRF5 and STAT4

CXCR5

TNP1 and TNFAIP3

IL2A

BLK

Q: How do you test for Sjögren’s syndrome?

A: These tests may help diagnose  Sjögren’s syndrome:7,8

Blood tests that can  inspect amounts of blood cells and Sjögren’s syndrome-linked antibodies, possible inflammatory problems, and liver and kidney complications:

ANA (antinuclear antibody) blood test

RF (rheumatoid factor) blood test

SS-A and SS-B (Sjögren's syndrome) antibody blood markers

ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) blood test

IGs (immunoglobulins) blood test

Eye tests like the Schirmer tear test, Rose Bengal and Lissamine Green tests to check for possible dryness

Imaging tests such as sialogram or salivary scintigraphy to see how salivary glands function,

Lip biopsy to check for inflammatory cells associated with Sjögren’s syndrome, which may be found in the salivary glands in the lip

Q: Can Sjögren’s syndrome be cured?

A: Treating Sjögren’s syndrome involves targeting body parts that have been affected. While there is no known cure for this autoimmune disease, doctors may prescribe some conventional medication. However, some of these may lead to side effects in the long term, so natural remedies must be considered instead.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC),9 omega-3 fatty acids,10 astaxanthin,11,12 light therapy and eyelid massage,13,14 and vigorous exercise15 may help ease dry eyes. Meanwhile, good options to help address dry mouth include cayenne pepper,16,17 lemon,18 aloe vera,19,20 and drinking enough high-quality filtered water.21,22,23  Supplements, such as vitamin D3, may be recommended too.24

Q: Can you die from Sjögren’s syndrome?

A: While Sjögren’s syndrome is a very serious condition, there isn’t enough information regarding deaths caused by this autoimmune disorder.  However, careful monitoring is a must for patients because they may be predisposed to internal complications, other autoimmune disorders, and life-threatening illnesses like lymphomas (cancer of the lymph nodes25) or myeloma (cancer of a type of white blood cell called the plasma cells26).27,28,29

Q: What foods are good for Sjögren’s syndrome?

A: Sjögren’s syndrome patients must add these foods  to their diet to assist with alleviating dry mouth and inflammation, and aid in improving their overall condition:30

Organically grown, fresh and GMO-free whole fruits and vegetables

Healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids

High-fiber foods

Moderate portions of grass fed or pasture-raised meats

Different spices and herbs

High-quality filtered water and organically grown tea are also  beneficial  additions to a diet for Sjögren’s syndrome patients.31,32,33,34

MORE ABOUT SJÖGREN'S SYNDROME

Sjögren's Syndrome: An Introduction

What Is Sjögren's Syndrome?

Sjögren's Syndrome Symptoms

Sjögren's Syndrome Causes

Sjögren's Syndrome Treatment

Sjögren's Syndrome Prevention

Sjögren's Syndrome Diet

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