Symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome 

The most commonly reported symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome are a dry mouth and eyes, which can lead to other associated symptoms.

However, these symptoms can be common in old age, and most people with dry eyes or a dry mouth do not have Sjögren's syndrome.

Many women also experience vaginal dryness, which can make sex painful.

Associated symptoms of dry mouth

A dry mouth can lead to:

Associated symptoms of dry eyes

Dry eyes can lead to:

  • burning or stinging eyes
  • itchy eyes
  • a feeling that there's grit in your eyes
  • irritated and swollen eyelids
  • sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • tired eyes
  • mucus discharge from your eyes

These symptoms can get worse when you're:

  • in a windy or smoky environment
  • in an air-conditioned building
  • travelling on aeroplane

Other symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome

In more serious cases of Sjögren's syndrome, the immune system can attack other parts of the body, causing symptoms and conditions such as:

  • dry skin
  • tiredness and fatigue – which are common and can lead to total exhaustion
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain, stiffness and swelling
  • vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)
  • difficulty concentrating, remembering and reasoning

Page last reviewed: 14/10/2014

Next review due: 14/10/2016