Lifestyle Tips for Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Keep high-humidity work and home environments—humidifiers are fantastic
- Breathe through the nose, not the mouth—just like in yoga
- Be aware of medications that cause dry mouth
- Pay close attention to the health of your teeth and gums
- Be cautious of consuming foods that irritate and tear mouth tissue
- Don’t smoke or spend time in locations where others are smoking
- Make sure oral hygiene products are non-irritating
- Be careful of alcoholic beverages—they can cause dry mouth
Sjögren’s syndrome is frequently difficult to diagnose as it often overlaps with other diseases such as lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma and Polymyositis.
People with Sjögren’s syndrome may be more susceptible to drug allergies and care is needed to monitor their condition if medication is required. Drugs such as antihistamines and antidepressants can cause mucosal dryness and should only be taken in consultation with your doctor. It is important to remember that air-conditioning dries you out, and dust and smoke are irritating – avoid these wherever possible. Like all chronic diseases it is important to have regular contact with your doctor and eye specialist to monitor your condition. Regular dental check ups are essential.
Although Sjögren’s syndrome is not life threatening, careful attention to the problems it causes can help minimise the “nuisance” aspect of this condition and assist in a more relaxed way of living.