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Sjögren Syndrome

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Treatment

There is no cure for Sjögren syndrome. Treatment is intended to relieve symptoms and prevent or minimize damage to tissues, such as the surface of the eye. Dry eyes are treated with artificial tears, a tear stimulant, and/or thicker eye lubricants. Dry mouth may be helped by frequent small drinks of water or sugarless chewing gum to stimulate saliva production, and mouth lubricants can be used as necessary. Dental care is important as those affected are prone to cavities. Pain and other arthritis symptoms are treated with anti-inflammatory medicines, such as aspirin and other NSAIDs. In some severe cases, immunosuppressant drugs and steroids may be indicated.

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