Identifying and Managing Sjogren's Syndrome
When diagnosing Sjogren's syndrome, your doctor will first take a detailed medical history, which includes asking questions about your:
- General health
- Family medical history
- Alcohol consumption
- Use of drugs or medications.
Your doctor will also do a complete physical exam to check for signs of the disease.
You may have some tests, too. First, your doctor will want to check your eyes and mouth to see if Sjogren's syndrome is causing your symptoms and how severe the problem is. Then your doctor may do other tests to see if the condition is present elsewhere in the body as well.
There is no known cure for Sjogren's syndrome, nor is there a specific treatment to restore gland secretion. Therefore, treatment is generally focused on providing relief of symptoms and associated complications.
You can learn more about treatment for Sjogren's syndrome based on the symptoms by going to any of the following eMedTV articles:
- Sjogren's Syndrome and Dry Eyes
- Sjogren's Syndrome and Dry Mouth
- Sjogren's Syndrome and Lung Disease
- Sjogren's Syndrome and Vaginal Dryness
- Sjogren's Syndrome and Digestive Problems
- Sjogren's Syndrome and Kidney Problems
- Sjogren's Syndrome and Nerve Problems
- Sjogren's Syndrome and Skin Problems
- Sjogren's Syndrome and Connective Tissue Disorders
- Sjogren's Syndrome and Lymphoma.