Sjögren’s Syndrome | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome?

The most common symptom of Sjögren’s syndrome is having severe dryness in the eyes and mouth. This lasts for at least 3 months and isn’t caused by any medicines you are taking. Your eyes may feel gritty and itchy. You may have trouble swallowing, eating dry foods, or even speaking. You may also feel very tired.

In more severe cases of Sjögren’s syndrome, a person may have dryness in other areas of the body that have mucus membranes. Dryness of the membranes in the joints can cause inflammation (swelling) and eventually arthritis. The dryness caused by Sjögren’s syndrome can damage the tissue of the lungs (which can result in a chronic, or long-lasting, dry cough), the nerves in the nervous system or the kidneys. It can also cause skin rashes.


Diagnosis and Management of Sjögren’s Syndrome by Paul Kruszka, LCDR, USPHS, and Robert J. O'Brian, LCDR, MC, USN (American Family Physician March 15, 2009,

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Reviewed/Updated: 05/14
Created: 09/10