Sjögren's Syndrome Treatment
There is no known curefor Sjögren's syndrome, nor is there a treatment to restore secretion of moisture by the glands. For the most part, treatment is designed to help relieve symptoms.
If you have Sjögren's syndrome, several different professionals probably will be involved in your care.
- Your primary-care providershould always be part of your team.
- Rheumatologists have the most specific training and experience in Sjögren's syndrome as well as the many disorders often associated with the syndrome.
- Ophthalmologists can diagnose early problems with the corneaand assess the degree of damage to the eye. If necessary, they also can perform surgery to help treat or prevent eye damage. They can also help exclude other conditions that cause dry eyes (allergies, contact lens irritation).
- Otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists) may be needed if a salivary glandbiopsy is necessary to establish a diagnosis. Also, inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) occurs more frequently in patients with Sjögren's syndrome.
- Dentists provide appropriate oral care to prevent and treat toothdecay and gingivitis.
- Other subspecialists may be consulted for specific complications of Sjögren's syndrome.