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Guide to Sjogren's Syndrome

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Updated June 27, 2014

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Part 5 of 10 - What Type of Doctor Diagnoses and Treats Sjogren's Syndrome?

Difficult Diagnosis

Because the symptoms of Sjogren's syndrome are similar to those of many other diseases, getting a diagnosis can take many years.

During those years, depending on the symptoms, a person might see a number of doctors, any of whom may diagnose the disease and be involved in treatment. Usually, a rheumatologist (a doctor who specializes in diseases of the joints, muscles, and bones) will coordinate treatment among a number of specialists.

Other Specialists

Other specialists who may become involved include:

  • allergist
  • dentist
  • dermatologist (skin specialist)
  • gastroenterologist (digestive disease specialist)
  • gynecologist (women's reproductive specialist)
  • neurologist (nerve and brain specialist)
  • ophthalmologist (eye specialist)
  • otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist)
  • pulmonologist (lung specialist)
  • urologist

Some Drugs May Contribute To Dryness

Certain drugs can also contribute to eye and mouth dryness. If you take any of the drugs listed below, ask your doctor whether they could be causing symptoms.

However, do not stop taking them without asking your doctor, your dose may have already have been adjusted to help protect you against drying side effects or chosen a drug that is least likely to cause dryness.

Drugs that can cause dryness include:

  • antihistamines
  • decongestants
  • diuretics
  • some antidiarrhea drugs
  • some antipsychotic drugs
  • tranquilizers
  • some blood pressure medicines
  • antidepressants

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