What is Sjögren's Syndrome?
That's a good question! While many people are unfamiliar with Sjögren's syndrome, it is estimated that as many as four million people in the United States are affected by Sjögren's syndrome.
Sjögren's (pronounced "SHOW-grens") syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disorder where the immune cells attack and destroy the exocrine glands, which are the glands that prevent dryness and produce moisture needed in your mouth, skin, eyes, vaginal area, gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestine) and respiratory tract (airway and lungs).
While the exact cause of Sjögren's remains unknown, scientists believe that genetic factors, as well as exposure to viruses or bacteria, may trigger the development of the syndrome.