Sarcoidosis | Treatment

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How will my doctor treat my sarcoidosis?

If your disease is mild, you may not need to take medicine. Your doctor will probably treat sarcoidosis if it involves your kidneys, eyes, heart, nervous system or lungs (especially if breathing problems are getting worse). He or she will treat the disease if you have skin lesions that bother you or if your sarcoidosis is very severe.

Your doctor will try to do the following:

  • Reduce any inflammation that may interfere with the way your organs work;
  • Prevent permanent scarring of the lungs if they're affected; and
  • Decrease any symptoms you have.

Medicines called corticosteroids are used to treat sarcoidosis. How long you take the medicine depends on how severe the disease is and how well you respond to the medicine. Other medicines are sometimes used to treat more severe forms of sarcoidosis.

What can people who have sarcoidosis expect?

In many people, sarcoidosis gets better all by itself. Women and people who have less severe lung involvement usually do the best. If you have sarcoidosis, you should discuss your illness in more detail with your family doctor. You and your doctor should work together as partners to create a treatment plan that is right for you.

Source

Sarcoidosis: A Primary Care Review by MH Belfer, M.D., and RW Stevens, M.D. (American Family Physician December 01, 1998, http://www.aafp.org/afp/981200ap/belfer.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 09/00

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