Use moisturizing skin creams or ointments
throughout the day.
Shower instead of taking a bath. Use only
After showering, pat off excess water, leaving
the skin moist. Then, replenish the moisture in your skin by applying a skin
cream or ointment.
Your skin may be extra sensitive to the sun.
Avoid the midday sun, from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cover your skin when you are
outside—for example, wear long pants and long sleeves and wide-brimmed hats—and
SPF 30 or stronger sunscreen. Many experts recommend
using sunscreen with SPF 50. For more information, see the Prevention section
of the topic
Place a humidifier (and an air purifier, if
you feel it helps) in your home and at work to increase your
nasal spray made of water and salt (saline) to help a
dry nose or nasal congestion.
It is common for women with Sjögren's
syndrome to experience vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.
Vaginal moisturizing products help to replenish natural moisture and
relieve discomfort. These products include:
Replens, a nonhormonal vaginal moisturizer
that lasts for hours or even days.
Vaginal lubricants can make intercourse more comfortable
for you by relieving the friction you might experience if you have vaginal
dryness. But vaginal lubricants do not add moisture to the vagina and are not
useful for everyday moisturizing. Look for a water-based lubricant instead of
an oil-based lubricant, which can interfere with the vagina's natural cleansing
process. Vaginal lubricants include:
Take a nonprescription antacid or acid
reducer, such as Pepcid or Zantac, when needed, to reduce
Raise the head of your bed 6
inches to reduce the backflow (reflux) of stomach acid into your
esophagus when you sleep.
See your doctor if you have heartburn or
reflux that does not respond to self-care.
Energy (reducing fatigue)
Listen to your body. Alternate rest with
exercise. Gradually doing more exercise may help lower your
Limit medicines that might make you feel sleepy, such as
those used to treat anxiety, colds, or pain. But do not stop or change your
medicine usage before talking with your doctor.
Don't skip meals,
especially breakfast. Improving your diet may increase your energy level.
Reduce your use of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol, which tend to
contribute to fatigue.