How Sarcoidosis Affects the Heart, Skin, and Eyes

Sarcoidosis Symptoms in the Skin

When occurring in the skin, symptoms of sarcoidosis can include:
  • Various types of bumps, ulcers, or, in rare cases, flat areas of discolored skin that appear mostly near the nose, eyes, back, arms, legs, and scalp. These bumps usually itch, but aren't painful. They usually last a long time.
  • Painful bumps that usually appear on your ankles and shins. They can be warm, tender, red to purple in color, and slightly raised. This is called erythema nodosum. You may have fever, swollen ankles, and joint pain along with the bumps. The bumps often are an early sarcoidosis symptom, but they occur in other diseases, too. The bumps usually go away in a few weeks to months, even without treatment.
  • Disfiguring skin sores that may affect your nose, nasal passages, cheeks, ears, eyelids, and fingers. This is called lupus pernio. The sores tend to be ongoing and can return after treatment is over.

Symptoms of Sarcoidosis in the Eyes

When sarcoidosis occurs in the eyes, symptoms can include:
  • Burning, itching, tearing, and pain
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Dryness
  • Floaters (seeing black spots)
  • Blurred vision
  • Reduced color vision
  • Reduced visual clearness
  • Blindness (in rare cases).

Sarcoidosis Symptoms in the Heart

Symptoms of sarcoidosis that occur when the disease is in the heart include:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the legs (edema)
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Irregular heartbeat, including palpitations (a fluttering feeling of rapid heartbeats) and skipped beats
  • Sudden loss of consciousness
  • Sudden death.

Sarcoidosis Disease

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