Rheumatic diseases don’t just affect the joints; they can attack many different body parts, including the eyes. Save your vision by bringing any of the following symptoms to your doctor’s attention.
Eyes that burn, itch or feel gritty could point to Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune attack on the body’s moisture- producing glands. About half of people living with Sjögren’s also have another autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or lupus.
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Do you have less than minty-fresh breath? Bad breath (or halitosis) can be a sign of health problems such as gum disease or dry mouth – two conditions that affect people with arthritis. The dry mouth could be caused by having Sjogren’s syndrome or from taking common over-the-counter medicines for arthritis pain, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen.
“Halitosis is very common – and fortunately, very curable,” says Connie White, DDS, general dentist and spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry.
Use these smart solutions to keep bad breath at bay:
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