While a diagnosis of Sjögren’s syndrome is not life-threatening, like most autoimmune conditions, there is no cure. Current treatments for the condition focus on managing the symptoms: moisture replacement therapies relieve dryness and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) control the inflammation. Those with severe cases may receive corticosteroids, which mimic hormones that fight inflammation in the body, or disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), which suppress the body’s immune response.

As with other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, the severity of Sjögren’s varies from person to person. Many patients have a mild disease that only affects the eyes and mouth. Others have severe symptoms and still others have symptoms that wax and wane in severity, or may even go into remission.

If you've been diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome, it's critical that you pay attention to your body and speak to your doctor about the need for regular exams. In addition to your regular primary care physician, ophthalmologist and dentist, you should add a rheumatologist a doctor who specializes in treating –arthritis and related diseases – to your healthcare team.