Natural Remedies for Sjogren's Syndrome
In general, people who have a positive outlook in life stay active, and exercise has a much easier time managing the disease with better outcome.
Here is a list of short but descriptive tips for survival for people with Sjogren's. Since food and diet can help reduce inflammation and help reduce symptoms, there is a separate section that deals with this topic.
General Sjogren's Syndrome Survival Tips
- Stay active and exercise regularly. Try swimming if your joints hurt.
- Surround yourself with positive people in your life; they can help you cope with the ups and downs throughout your journey.
- Take a good diary of your symptoms on daily basis, this will help your doctor understand your specific situation, and come to specific treatment options that can help.
Sjogren's Syndrome Dry Mouth Survival Tips
- Eat soft, moist
- Eat smaller portion, more frequent meals to make digestion easier and stimulate saliva flow.
- Do not eat spicy, salty, or acidic foods that can hurt your mouth
- Help prevent dental decay by using oral products that contain essential oils from lemon and peppermint. They help kill bacteria that may cause cavities.
- Drink plenty of water, not carbonated soft drinks throughout the day
- Do not use mouthwashes and rinses that contain alcohol or witch hazel. They will make your dry mouth worse.
- Chew sugar-free gum or suck on hard diabetic or sugar-free candies to help increase saliva. Lemon flavor does a good job.
- Apply Tea Tree Oil in case you have mouth yeast infections.
- Use vitamin E oil or moisturizing gels to help sooth dry or sore spots in the mouth or tongue for long-lasting relief.
Sjogren's Syndrome Dry Eye Survival Tips
- Take TheraLife Eye Autoimmune to keep your immune system in check and your tear and salivary glands healthy daily.
- Keep your eye lid clean by using sterile eyelid cleansers or baby shampoo on a warm washcloth. Do this twice a day to help with blepharitis, a common condition in Sjogren's. learn more here
- Use wet hot compress daily to fight blepharitis, keep the oil tear secrete glands healthy. If your eyes become infected, ask for a prescription of antibiotics for eyes.
- For light sensitivity, wear wraparound sunglasses whenever outdoors.
- Carry a wet washcloth in a zip-top bag to place on your dry eyes when traveling.
- Do not apply anything to the eyelids that can irritate your dry eye, this includes mascara, eye liners, and moisturizers for eye lids.
- Clean your eye lids with a clean Q-tip dipped in hot water is an easy way to keep blepharitis away.
- Use eye drops when absolutely have to, or you are stuck in a place where you forgot to bring your TheraLife Eye Autoimmune. Use preservative free eye drops. Remember, eye drops make your eye drier.
- For environmental allergies. Take an over-the-counter allergy mass cell stabilizer twice daily may help.
- For night time dry eyes, take 4 capsules of TheraLife Eye Autoimmune before bedtime. If your eyes are partially open, try taping a wet gauze pad over your eyes at night. You can also buy a moisture goggle at night.
- Night time eye ointments and gels - most TheraLife customer do not require the use of eye ointments when they reached equilibrium and getting constant relief.
- For dry eye, use a hot wet wash cloth wrapped about a compress bag that has been heated in the microwave oven. Put this over your eyes for 10 minutes; gently massage your upper and lower eye lids. Do this twice a day.
- If your vision is blurred, then you need to take a few more TheraLife Eye Autoimmune capsules. You should be able to see relief in 20 minutes.
- Avoid wind, bright sun light or anything that is going to make your eyes feel worse.
Sjogren's Syndrome Dry Skin Survival Tips
- Those with Sjogrens should take warm baths or showers to help soothe the dry skin.
- Sjogren's people pat dry after bathing and moisturize immediately while the skin is still damp. Use a moisturizer that does not contain artificial ingredients to soak into the skin without setting up a barrier. Us olive oil, cooking oils, even Crisco. Do not use petroleum products which set up a moisture barrier.
- People with Sjogren's with dry and/or sensitive skin should not use fabric softeners, strong bleaches or anything that will elicit an allergic response, in the washer and dryer.
- If you do go swimming, rinse off immediately to reduce exposure to chlorine and use a moisturizer to reduce dry skin symptoms.
- Sun and Sjogren's Syndrome Survival Tips
- Exposure to bright sun light or UV light can elicit skin reactions to people with Sjogren's syndrome.
- For people with Sjogrens syndrome, exposure to sun light or UV light can lead to skin rashes, disease flares, eye sensitivity and pain
- Wear good UV-protective wraparound sunglasses, and stay out of the sun whenever possible.
- Wear UV-protective clothing, hats to reduce skin reactions in people with Sjogren's.
- Use UV-protective films that are clear on your house windows and car windows to protect you from UV radiation.
- People with Sjogrens should look for "broad spectrum" on sunscreen protection for protections from both UVA and UVB radiation.
- Reapply your sunscreen often because sweat, moisture can decrease the effectiveness of sunscreen lotions.
Fatigue Survival Tips for People with Sjogren's
- TheraLife Fatigue will help reduce fatigue in people with Sjogren's
- Exercise and get your body moving. If your joints hurt and cannot walk, go swimming. Daily exercise helps fight fatigue, and chronic pain. Exercise help with mental health as well.
- Educate your friends and family about your fatigue with Sjogren's syndrome. It comes and wanes in cyclical fashion.
- Work with your doctor to find out if the fatigue is due to other medical reasons, such as chronic fatigue syndrome.
Brain Fog Survival Tips for People with Sjogren's Syndrome
- Brain fog is a neurological disorder associated with Sjogren's syndrome. It can also be a sign due to depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders.
- Keep your brain active, play bridge, develop hobbies, read. Brain fog can be a side effect of the drugs.
- To minimize brain fog, do yoga exercises, medication to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Drink less coffee and alcohol to help with "brain fog" and reduce insomnia in people with Sjogren's syndrome.
- Stay active and keep on working, learn new skills, volunteer, engage in social and mentally stimulating activities and establish new friendships and relationships.
- Keep a good mental attitude, letting yourself laugh and talk about your feelings will help reduce fatigue and "brain fog" in people with Sjogren's syndrome
Sleep Insomnia and Sjogren's Survival Tips
- People with Sjogren's often complain about insomnia.
- Be sure that your bedroom is comfortable, secure, dark and quiet.
- Try Melatonin to help you sleep. Start at 3mg.
- To maintain good sleep pattern, try to set a steady schedule of when you go to bed and arise.
- Use CD's that talks you to sleep, setting a peaceful and calm mental image to allow you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Surgery & Sjogren's Survival Tips
- It is common practice that before surgery, the surgeon would like you to stop taking TheraLife Eye Autoimmune because it is herbal, and they want to be able to control your response to the surgery.
- At the hospital, you just have to tolerate non-preservative eye drops until you get home and put yourself back on TheraLife Eye Autoimmune.
- People with Sjogren's who are undergoing surgery need to talk to their doctor about bringing medications and over the counter products that are not commonly stocked in hospital pharmacies.
- Inform hospital personnel during the pre-admission visit about the OTC and prescription medications you need and are bringing.
- Bring a moisturizer for your skin and nose. Your nose oxygen tube tends to make your nose dry and hurt. Sjogren's people tend to be drier than expected after surgery.
- Anticipate more dryness after surgery. Bring extra eye drops and oral and nasal moisturizers to the hospital.
- Inform your surgeon, anesthesiologist and other physicians and nurses involved in your hospital care that you have Sjogren's. Share information about your dryness and other symptoms and routine care.
- If you are headed for surgery, ask the nurse to speak with the anesthesiologist to obtain permission for you to take your regular medications for dry mouth and anti-inflammatory in the morning of your surgery if it is part of your routine care.
- Before your hospital policy, you may be able to keep your medications at your bedside, or they may be administered by a nurse.
Acid Reflux and Sjogren's Syndrome Survival Tips
- For nighttime acid reflux, do not eat at least 3 hours before bedtime and limit liquids to small sips to keep the stomach empty.
- Elevate the head of your bed by raising the bed posts at least 30-45 degrees to help with nighttime reflux.
Dry Nose and Sjogren's Syndrome Survival Tips
- Try nasal irrigation (simple saline) for a dry nose.
- Use a moisturizing spray or gel for your dry nose.
Dry Ear and Sjogren's Syndrome Survival Tips
- A drop of earwax remover or mineral oil can help dry itching ears.
Mental Health and Sjogren's Syndrome Survival Tips
- Keep a healthy outlook and attitude.
- Join a local support group. Seek out support groups where you can join online.
- Learn to do meditation, yoga, go to religious activities, be a volunteer, to keep you going. The more active the better.
- Go on detoxification diet to reduce inflammation periodically