The short answer from a rheumatologist

Q: I have Sjögren’s syndrome, and I have dryness in my eyes and mouth. Is there anything I can do about this?

A: Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease. In autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue with an inflammatory response. In Sjögren’s syndrome, the inflammation mostly affects moisture-producing glands, especially your tear and saliva glands. This causes dry eyes and dry mouth.

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