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Entries by Pierre Sekla

Dry Mouth

What is Dry Mouth ? Many individuals complain of mouth dryness. Dry mouth or xerostomia can be caused by decreased salivary flow or may be due to a sensation of dryness without decreased flow. Most Sjögren’s syndrome patients experience dry mouth because of decreased salivary flow. The only way to determine the degree of dry […]

Comfort for Dry Eyes

Dry eye disease is a common medical condition that occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. This leads to inflammation of the ocular surface, causing the eyes to become dry, red, and irritated. Symptoms include dryness, grittiness, soreness, burning and temporarily blurred vision. There are many reasons […]

Dry Eyes ? Dry Mouth ? Overall Dryness ?

Dry eyes and dry mouth are the two most common symptoms of one of the most prevalent autoimmune diseases affecting mostly women. Sjögren’s syndrome is a serious autoimmune disease that preferentially attacks and damages the salivary, tear and mucous-secreting glands, resulting in dry eyes, dry mouth, or swollen salivary glands. Recognized as one of the […]

What is blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction ?

What is blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction ? You have probably never heard of blepharitis unless you have it or know someone who has blepharitis. But what is blepharitis? It is a chronic inflammation of the eyelid margin that contains the meibomian glands. These small glands on the spinal margin produce the meibum, an essential […]

Moisture for dry eyes

When you suffer from dry eye, we look for all the possible means at our disposal to put a little moisture in our dry eyes. Although artificial tears do a good job, they are often not enough to counter the symptoms of dry eyes and provide lasting relief. How to relieve my dry eye symptoms? […]

Dry Mouth Survival Guide

You walk into a party reception room and are greeted with trays of delicious hors d’oeuvres. Everyone is encouraging you to try them, but you can’t. First you need to get to the bar on the opposite side of the room so you can get a glass of water to thelp the food go down. […]

Dry Eyes and Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjögren’s Syndrome and Dry Eye. Many Canadians suffer from dry eye. There are two major causes of dry eye: decreased lacrimal tear secretion and loss of tears due to evaporation which can result in symptoms of irritation, blurring, grittiness, burning and dryness. Dry eye is a hallmark symptom of Sjögren’s syndrome. Sjögren’s is a serious […]

Meibomian Glands and Evaluation of Lipid Layer in Sjogren’s Syndrome Patients

Infra-red Imaging of Meibomian Glands and Evaluation of Lipid Layer in Sjogren’s Syndrome Patients. Sjogren’s Syndrome has been defined as an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation and destruction of sweat, salivary and tear glands. Dry eye and Sjogren’s Syndrome occurs primarly in women, particularly during or post-menopause. Although the mechanism as to why this correlation […]