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Sjögren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune affecting nearly 1% of women in the UK, 90% of which are women. The disease affects the secretory glands that produce saliva, tears, vaginal, and other secretions develop a form of inflammation. As a result of this, these glands stop working leading to dry eyes, dry mouth, dry skin, dry vagina and dryness of the gastrointestinal tract. These features, as well as being very uncomfortable and unpleasant, mean sufferers may have difficulty swallowing dry foods. Dryness of the large bowel can cause symptoms similar to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
It is important to seek the correct diagnosis and treatment from your GP and if necessary referral to an appropriate specialist. You can also find advice and support at BSSA (The British Sjögren’s Syndrome Association).
YES Organic Moisturisers and Lubricants can be used to help manage the vaginal symptoms.