Symptoms Are Similar To Sjogren’s Syndrome, Which Hospital Should You Visit?
Hello, I’m Korean in Indonesia. Without tears, the mouth, throat and respiratory tract are too dry to choose from. Hands and feet are too dry. It looks like Sjogren’s syndrome. Do you have a diagnosis or treatment for this condition, which hospital to visit, I wonder if I can make a hospital reservation. thank you
Hello Heejeong Shin, Thank you for the question.
Sjoegren's Syndrome is a form of autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the fluid-producing mucus glands such as the parotid gland and tear glands. Sjoegren's syndrome consists of two types, namely primary and secondary. Primary Sjoegren's syndrome occurs in patients who do not experience other autoimmune diseases while secondary Sjoegren's syndrome occurs in patients who have other autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis). The immune system that attacks the parotid gland can cause complaints of dry mouth (xerostomia) and tear glands that cause dry eyes (xeropthalmia). Symptoms experienced by sufferers are sore / uncomfortable / red / swollen eyes, blurred vision, difficulty swallowing food, hoarseness, dry lips, reddish tongue, swelling of the parotid glands, pain in joints / muscles, dry skin, dry skin, skin rashes, easy tired, stiff legs and hands.
In addition to Sjoegren's syndrome, the complaints you mentioned can be caused by side effects of drugs (antidepressants, antihistamines, anticholinergics), amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, viral infections, and others.
You can consult with a specialist in internal medicine in large hospitals. You can use the "Find a doctor" feature on this HealthReplies.com page. The doctor will ask about your complaints and carry out checks on you. The doctor will also conduct further tests, namely blood tests, Schimer tests, measuring saliva production, biopsy, and testing tests. If it is proven because of Sjoegren's syndrome, the doctor will provide treatment according to the symptoms that you are experiencing.
Some of the following suggestions you can do:
multiply consumption of water avoid consumption of sweet foods and drinks use lip and skin moisturizers keep oral hygiene by brushing teeth regularly and use antiseptic mouthwash avoid smoking habits avoid consumption of drugs that cause dry mouth complaints mentioned above Hopefully this information helps .