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Sjögren's Syndrome - treatment?

Is there any treatment available in Ireland for Sjögren's Syndrome?

Sjögren\'s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the moisture producing glands. The hallmark symptoms of this condition are dry eyes and dry mouth. Sjögren\\\\\\\'s Syndrome can occur on its own but in 50% of cases it occurs in association with another autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus or dermatomyositis. It is nine times more common in women than in men with an average age of onset in the late forties. There is no cure for this condition and treatment is aimed at preventing damage to the eyes, mouth and other affected areas. For example, artificial teardrops are used on a continuing basis in order to compensate for the lack of tear production in the lachrymal or tear glands above the eyes. The treatment plan varies for each individual depending on the extent of dryness and the possible co-existence of other autoimmune disease. The condition tends to remain in a steady state for most individuals but a minority can be very severely affected.