Dryness in Sjogren's Syndrome 


Sicca features are the main clinical manifestations of Sjögren's syndrome. In primary or secondary SS, decreased exocrine gland function is what causes the sicca symptoms.

In medical terms dry eyes is keratoconjunctivitis sicca and dry mouth is xerostomia.

A bit about exocrine glands from a person with SS.

 Vaginal Dryness from National Institutes of Health

Vaginal dryness is common in women with Sjögren's syndrome. Painful intercourse is the most common complaint. A vaginal moisturizer helps retain moisture, and a vaginal lubricant can make intercourse more comfortable. Vaginal moisturizers attract liquid to the dry tissues and are designed for regular use. Vaginal lubricants should be used only for intercourse--they don't moisturize. Oil-based lubricants, such as petroleum jelly, trap moisture and can cause sores and hinder the vagina's natural cleaning process. A water-soluble lubricant is better.

Regular skin creams and ointments relieve dry skin on the outer surface of the vagina (the vulva).

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Further management info:

Mayo Clinic

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