First Time User? Sign Up Now
First Time User? Enroll now.
Home > Fitness & Health > Health Library > Sjögren's syndrome
Sjögren's syndrome (say "SHOH-grins") is a disease in which the immune system attacks the body's glands that make moisture. This disease may cause the tear and saliva glands to become scarred and damaged. It can cause extreme dryness in the eyes and mouth.
Sjögren's syndrome is most common in women who are older than 40.
People with Sjögren's syndrome usually have a dry mouth that makes it hard to swallow and dry eyes that cause eye pain. In severe cases, they may have scarring of the covering of the eye (cornea). Sjögren's syndrome may also cause fatigue, joint pain, and problems with the function of vital organs.
Though there is no cure for Sjögren's syndrome, treating symptoms can offer relief for many people. For example, artificial tears can be used to moisten the eyes, and mouth lubricants and saliva substitutes can help to moisten the mouth and throat.
Current as of: August 5, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2021 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.