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Myriad treatments in Encinitas, CA ease Sjögren’s syndrome symptoms and prevent irreversible damage

Sjogren's Syndrome Symptoms and Treatments in Encinitas Area

Sjögren’s syndrome can potentially affect many different parts of the body. Frequently, this autoimmune condition damages the ability of the mucus membranes and glands to produce adequate tears and saliva. So, dryness is commonly associated with Sjögren’s. While no single medication has been conclusively proven to slow the progression of the disease, there are many drugs available to ease symptoms. Without intervention, these symptoms can lead to oral and ocular damage, and damage to internal organs such as the lungs, liver, and pancreas.

A board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Peter Lloyd of Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center, is well-versed in Sjögren’s syndrome symptoms and treatments in Encinitas, CA, as well as other, related autoimmune diseases. Sjogren’s may be a primary condition, or secondary to other conditions, such as lupus and rheumatic arthritis.

Medications for Sjögren’s symptom-relief and to prevent wide-ranging potential complications may be purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by Dr. Lloyd. Additionally, some patients may benefit from a combination of OTC and prescription medications. Usually, the products that you get at the store lubricate the eyes, mouth, and skin.

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs such as Advil, Aleve, or prescription NSAIDs are characterized as a “first-line therapy” to ease inflammation and reduce the hormone-like prostaglandins compounds that cause pain. Most commonly, NSAIDs cause an upset stomach and, rarely, GI bleeding and ulcers.

Prednisone and other corticosteroids are fast-acting and prescribed to alleviate severe symptoms and flare-ups. One month of short-term use may be sufficient before Dr. Lloyd tapers off the dose. In some cases, long-term use (more than one month) is required. There are many potential side effects, ranging from minor to serious, which Dr. Lloyd will discuss with you.

As their name suggests, Disease-Modifying Anti-rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) alter immune system functions. Since they regulate immune response (and don’t simply manage symptoms), it takes time to see and feel improvements. Commonly, hydroxychloroquine is prescribed for initial and long-term use. It has been used successfully for some time to treat rheumatic diseases; however, side effects include retinal damage. Dr. Lloyd works with ocular specialists and other physicians to monitor potential side effects, as so many parts of the body are vulnerable to damage.

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Additional medications that Dr. Lloyd may discuss with you include:

  • Salagen and Evoxac to stimulate increased production of saliva and, sometimes, tears
  • Prescription Restasis eye drops to decrease inflammation, for moderate to severe dry eyes

While there isn’t a cure for Sjögren’s syndrome, there are many options to improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of serious complications. Call 760-509-2429 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lloyd at the Encinitas, CA office of Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center.

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Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd is a board-certified rheumatologist with exceptional expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and other rheumatologic diseases. He earned his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago. He completed his rheumatology fellowship training at the prestigious David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. At his facility Seaside Rheumatology, he treats his patients using the latest technology and medical developments. Due to his impeccable academic records, modern approach to treatments and compassionate patient care, he is valued as one of the best rheumatologists in the Rheumatology field.

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I have been seeing Dr. Lloyd for about a year now. He has a kind demeanor and great sense of humor. Even on my bad days, it’s a pleasure going to appointments. His knowledge of the human condition is vast and impressive. He knows how to effectively ease discomfort with an ability to make you feel comfortable in moments of vulnerability. In his care, my pain and suffering is significantly diminished. I am grateful and appreciative of him and the help he has given me since the day I walked into his practice. I highly recommend Dr. Lloyd as a professional and as a doctor of Rheumatology. Shawnie D. BY Shawnie D.
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