How would the dry skin differ in appearance when compared to typical dry skin from a dry climate?

“Patients with Sjogren’s syndrome tend to get blepharitis due to the dryness of the moist part of the eye (mucosa),” says Stella Bard, MD, a board certified rheumatologist with 20+ years of experience. 

“The lid appears red and irritated at the lid margin and even crusty.

“This looks different than the scaly, red rash of the upper and sometimes lower lids and skin around the eye” that might occur from a cause other than Sjogren’s syndrome.

“Patients with Sjogren’s can also get dermatitis from rubbing their eyes, a reaction to the discomfort of dry eyes mucosa.”

Eyelid Dermatitis from Sjogren’s Syndrome

A paper in the International Journal of Dermatology reports that out of 52 subjects with Sjogren’s, 22 had eyelid dermatitis (skin inflammation).

If you’ve been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome and have been experiencing dryness or itchiness of the eyelids, there’s a chance that the autoimmune disorder is the cause.

However, it’s best to have the situation evaluated by your physician.

Dr. Bard is an ABMS board certified rheumatologist with 20+ years’ experience. Rheumatologists often deal with whole-body problems due to the diseases they treat; patients find solutions to problems they didn’t originally come in for such as body aches and poor sleep. Dr. Bard uses cutting edge and natural remedies to achieve remarkable results with her patients.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 


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