Sjögren's syndrome is an inflammatory disease that can affect many different parts of the body, but most often affects the tear and saliva glands. Patients with this condition may notice irritation, a gritty feeling, or painful burning in the eyes. Dry mouth (or difficulty eating dry foods) and swelling of the glands around the face and neck are also common. Some patients experience dryness in the nasal passages, throat, vagina and skin. Swallowing difficulty and symptoms of acid reflux are also common.
Sjögren's syndrome sometimes develops as a complication of another autoimmune disorder.
Symptoms vary in type and intensity, but many people with Sjögren's are able to live normal lives.
Regular medical care is important.