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About Sjogren’s Syndrome
Sjögren’s (SHOW-griens) syndrome is a disease that affects the glands that make moisture. It most often causes dryness in the mouth and eyes. It can also lead to dryness in other places that need moisture, such as the nose, throat, and skin.
Who Gets Sjögren’s Syndrome?
Most people with Sjögren’s syndrome are women. It can occur at any age and in any race. But it is rare in children and most often shows up after age 40.
What Causes Sjögren’s Syndrome?
Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease. The immune system is supposed to fight disease by killing off harmful viruses and bacteria. But with autoimmune diseases, your immune system attacks parts of your own body by mistake.
Doctors don’t know the exact cause of Sjögren’s syndrome. They think it may be caused by a combination of two things:Genes Exposure to something like a virus or bacteria….Read more about Sjogren’s Syndrome