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What is Sjögren’s Disease

Sjögren’s Disease is a disease that causes dryness in your mouth and eyes. It can also lead to dryness in other places that need moisture, such as your nose, throat and skin. Most people who get Sjogren’s are older than 40, nine of 10 are women. Sjogrens is a highly prevalent autoimmune disease, with an estimated 4 million cases in the U.S., making it the second most common autoimmune rheumatic disease in the country. Sjogren’s is sometimes linked to rheumatic problems such as rheumatoid arthritis. In Sjogren’s, your immune system attacks the glands that make tears and saliva. It may also affect your joints, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, digestive organs, and nerves. The main symptoms are dry eyes, and dry mouth. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms.

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