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Can Sjogrens syndrome lead to serious troubles and vulvovaginitis?

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Hey Doctor, I needed to know that the Sjogrens Syndrome can cause the chronic and erosive vulvovaginitis or not and are there any defined symptoms of this disorder and I hope it is not related to genital herpes as shown in the pictures of genital herpes on internet.

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Thank you for asking me this question, often this disorder is left unnoticed and only few people are aware of it, so it is good to answer your question on this topic. Firstly, the Sjogren’s syndromeis not like any other organ related syndrome but this is the disorder of the immune system. Immune system as you know is the defending force of a human’s body which fights diseases. Not only this if your immune system is week then you would be prone to diseases and illness. The Sjogren’s syndrome has two very common and easily understood symptoms; these are dryness of mouth and eyes. This happens because in this kind of syndrome the moisture producing and secreting glands as well as the mucous membrane of a person’s eyes and mouth are the one which are affected first and most importantly is has nothing to do with what you have seen in pictures of genital herpes. Not only this, the Sjogren’s syndrome is often accompanied by few other symptoms as well, like Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis. If these symptoms are detected at early stages it could aid is easy treatment of this disorder. Although this disorder can develop at any stage of life but through diagnosis it is found that people more than the age of 40 are the ones who are affected mostly. This disorder is commonly found in women but does not affect the reproductive system in as much as it is not related to genital herpes as shown in pictures of genital herpes. The treatment aims at relieving the symptoms that often reduces with time. But the common complications of this disorder are the yeast infections, dental cavities and problem in vision. There are few other less chronic symptoms attached to this disorder which are bronchitis, pneumonia, lymphoma, liver cirrhosis and the peripheral neuropathies as well. Thus the early diagnosis and treatment of this disorder can aid in easy and early recovery of the suffered. Wish you good health and Take care.

Dr. Steve Merris
Category: Internal Medicine Specialist
Medical School - New York University
Internship in Internal Medicine - Beth Israel Medical Center
Residency in Internal Medicine - Beth Israel Medical Center
Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine - Columbia University Medical Center
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