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Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis? Do you need to know what Sarcoidosis is or its symptoms? Do you need to know the treatment? These questions can be clarified by an Expert.

What is sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis is a persistent disease that can affect several systems in the body, such as the lungs, eyes and brain. This condition can be distinguished by an increase of immune cells in the affected organs; this can be known as granulomas. This condition can be found all over the world. Despite the fact that Sarcoidosis can affect any age or race this is more common in young African women. Generally this disease affects the ages of 20 to 40 years of age.

What are symptoms of sarcoidosis?

The symptoms of Sarcoidosis can differ; the symptoms will depend on what organs are being affected. Some patients complain of a dry cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. Additional symptoms can include but are not limited to:
• Blurred vision
• Teary and red eyes
• Sore and swollen joints
• Red tender patches of skin
• Swollen lymph nodes in the groin, neck and armpits
• Scratchy voice
• Pain in the feet and hands
• Enlarged liver
• Irregular heart beat
• Hearing loss
• Kidney stones
• Seizures

Some cases these symptoms can become severe quite fast, in this case a physician should be seen. For more information about Sarcoidosis read below where Experts have answered several questions.

Is Sarcoidosis curable? What is the treatment for Sarcoidosis?

This disease is treatable, but is not curable at this time. If a patient is in the early stage of Sarcoidosis they may not need treatment. Now as for the treatment of this disease; corticosteroids for example Advair can be used. This medication is normally used as the first choice. As the disease becomes worse the medication will need to be increased. In the case that the medication stops working an oral steroid can be used. There is another medication that can be used affective, known as Methotrexate.

Is sarcoidosis contagious?

Sarcoidosis is not a disease that is contagious. This disease is not formed by infectious agents. This means that that sexual contact of any kind wills not the disease to spread. This condition is an inflammatory condition, which can affect several systems in the body. However the lungs are more commonly affected. It is considered safe to come in contact with an individual that has this disease.

What are the long term side effects of sarcoidosis?

This diseases prognosis rate is normally better in white patients than African Americans. There are several long term side, these can include but are not limited to:

• Lungs
o Pulmonary hypertension
o Several lung infections
o Progressive fibrotic disease

• Eyes
o Conjunctivitis
o Uveitis
o Ocular Sicca Syndrome

• Nervous system
o Mild to severe nerve damage
o Stroke
o Neuropsychiatric illnesses

• Heart
o Heart failure
o Arrhythmias

• Skin
o Several skin diseases

These are just some of the long term side effects that a person could expect to see, when dealing with Sarcoidosis.

Sarcoidosis is a condition that can affect many different systems in the human body. Some cases do not need treatment if in the early stages. When the disease becomes chronic treatment will need to be started. For more information about Sarcoidosis individuals can contact Experts.
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