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Patients Living with Sjogren's Syndrome Encourage Communities to "Defy the Dry"
Date:4/20/2011

nge in taste, among other symptoms(2). While living for years with these dryness symptoms can be uncomfortable and at times debilitating, patients can experience additional health complications if symptoms are left untreated(2).

One reason for the dramatic delay in diagnosing Sjogren's is that, despite the often negative impact that dryness can have on a patient's life and health, patients often wait too long to discuss their symptoms with a healthcare provider. In addition, dryness is not always at the top of the list of symptoms that healthcare providers address with patients during routine visits. As part of the Defy the Dry™ campaign, SSF Awareness Ambassadors will distribute materials about dryness symptoms and Sjogren's in their local communities to make sure people understand the importance of discussing dryness symptoms with their healthcare professionals. They will also provide a checklist about dryness symptoms to local healthcare professionals that can help facilitate dryness discussions with their patients.

"What many people may not realize is that dry-eye and dry-mouth symptoms could be a sign of something more serious like Sjogren's syndrome. Therefore, it is critical for patients to discuss their symptoms as soon as they begin to experience them," said Dr. Steven Carsons, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology Winthrop-University Hospital.  "As a physician, it is just as important for me to make sure that I am proactively asking patients about dryness symptoms and considering Sjogren's syndrome earlier in the diagnostic process and I would encourage other healthcare professionals such as dentists and primary care physicians to do the same."

Those experiencing dry-mouth or dry-eye symptoms should talk to their healthcare professional for information about the symptoms, testing and diagnosis of Sjogren's syndrome. For more information on Sjogren's or how to become an awareness ambassador, please visit '/>"/>

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