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Sjogren's Syndrome


Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease that affects the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands of the eyes and mouth. It can affect both men and women, but affects women 9 times more arises when the immune system starts attacking moisture producing cells. Characterized by dry eyes and a dry mouth, the appearance of Sjögren’s syndrome can also exacerbate vaginal atrophy in menopausal women.

The disease typically affects the salivary and tear glands. In some cases, other glands, including vaginal lining, may also become affected. That may result in pain during intercourse and recurring vaginal infections. According to the Johns Hopkins Sjogrens Center, the use of vaginal moisturizers, water-based lubricants, and vaginal estrogen creams are effective treatments in relieving vaginal dryness. 

Most Common Symptoms

  • Mouth dryness

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Dental decay

  • Cavities

  • Gum disease

  • Mouth soreness

  • Vaginal dryness

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