Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs, lymph glands, eyes and skin.
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Symptoms Of Sarcoidosis
For many people, sarcoidosis begins with these signs and symptoms:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Weight loss
Almost everyone who has sarcoidosis eventually experiences lung problems, which may include:
- Persistent dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
As many as 25 percent of people who have sarcoidosis develop skin problems, which may include:
- Rash. A rash of red or reddish-purple bumps, usually located on the shins or ankles, which may be warm and tender to the touch.
- Lesions. Disfiguring skin sores may occur on your nose, cheeks and ears.
- Color change. Areas of skin may get darker or lighter in color.
- Nodules. Growths just under the skin may develop, particularly around scars or tattoos.
Sarcoidosis can affect the eyes without causing any symptoms, so it’s important to have your eyes checked. When eye symptoms do occur, they may include:
- Blurred vision
- Eye pain
- Severe redness
- Sensitivity to light
Causes Of Sarcoidosis
It is a type of autoimmune disease associated with an abnormal immune response.
- Age and sex. Sarcoidosis often occurs between the ages of 20 and 40. Women are slightly more likely to develop the disease.
- Race. African-Americans have a higher incidence of sarcoidosis than do white Americans. Also, sarcoidosis may be more severe and may be more likely to recur and cause lung problems in African-Americans.
- Family history. If someone in the family has had sarcoidosis, there are more chances to develop the disease.
Test and Diagnosis for Sarcoidosis
- Chest X-rays to look for cloudiness (pulmonary infiltrates) or swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy).
- CT scan to provide an even more detailed look at the lungs and lymph nodes than provided by a chest X-ray.
- Pulmonary function (breathing) tests to measure how well the lungs are working.
- Bronchoscopy to inspect the bronchial tubes and to extract a biopsy (a small tissue sample) to look for granulomas and to obtain material to rule out infection. Bronchoscopy involves passing a small tube (bronchoscope) down the trachea (windpipe) and into the bronchial tubes (airways) of the lungs.
Complications Of Sarcoidosis
For most people with sarcoidosis, the condition resolves on its own with no lasting consequences. But sarcoidosis can be long-lasting (chronic) in some people and lead to complications
- Lungs. Untreated pulmonary sarcoidosis can lead to irreversible damage to the tissue between the air sacs in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.
- Eyes. Inflammation can affect almost any part of eyes and can eventually cause blindness. Rarely, sarcoidosis also can cause cataracts and glaucoma.
- Kidneys. Sarcoidosis can affect how the body handles calcium, which can lead to kidney failure.
- Heart. Granulomas within the heart can interfere with the electrical signals that drive the heartbeat, causing abnormal heart rhythms and, in rare instances, death.
- Nervous system. A small number of people with sarcoidosis develop problems related to the central nervous system when granulomas form in the brain and spinal cord. Inflammation in the facial nerves can cause facial paralysis.
Treatment Of Sarcoidosis
If organ function is threatened, you will likely be treated with a medication.
- Corticosteroids. These powerful anti-inflammatory drugs are usually the first-line treatment for sarcoidosis. In some cases, corticosteroids can be applied directly to an affected area — via a cream to a skin lesion or with an inhaler to the lungs.
- Anti-rejection medications. These medications reduce inflammation by suppressing the immune system.
- Anti-malarial medications. These medications may be helpful for skin disease, nervous system involvement and elevated blood-calcium levels.
- Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) inhibitors. These medications are most commonly used to treat the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. They can also be helpful in treating sarcoidosis that doesn’t respond to other treatments.
Organ transplant may be considered if sarcoidosis has severely damaged your lungs or liver.
Homeopathic treatment of Sarcoidosis:
Homeopathy is known to help completely recover from sarcoidosis. We have patients who have been recovering over the past few years with total relief from the troubling symptoms.
The most common Homeopathic medicines for sarcoidosis are as below
- Tuberculinum bovinum– Croupous condition of the larynx. Dryness in the air passages. Inflammation of the larynx and trachea; much mucus in the larynx and trachea; spasmodic conditions of the larynx like Laryngismus; burning rawness and soreness in larynx and trachea; phthisis of the larynx.Inflammation of the bronchial tubes, stitching of the skin of chest; oppression of the chest and heart in a warm room.Pain in chest on coughing; palpitation from excitement, from exertion.
- Beryllium- Dyspnoea on smallest exertion, out of proportion to the physical signs. Cough from irritation behind sternum, cannot cough enough. Rattling cough, better in warm room, worse bending backward, smoke. Suffocating croupy cough.
- Carcinosin-Cough, stomach cough, from tickling at pit of throat, aggravation warmth, warm room, cold air, aggravation, laughing, talking, dressing and undressing, yawning.
- Euphrasia- Euphrasia officinalis treatment for Respiratory ailments: Frequent yawning when walking in open air. Profuse, fluent coryza in morning, with much cough and expectoration. Influenza. Gags when clearing the throat in morning. Whooping-cough only in day-time, with profuse lachrymation.
- Graphites-Constriction of chest; spasmodic asthma, suffocative attacks wakes from sleep; must eat something. Pain in middle of chest, with cough, scraping and soreness. Chronic hoarseness with skin affections. Inability to control the vocal chords; hoarseness on beginning to sing and for breaking voice.
- Bacillinum- Hard cough, shaking patient more during sleep. Single cough on getting up in morning. Easy expectoration. Sharp pain in precordial region arresting breath.
- Arsenicum album- Breathing: asthmatic; must sit or bend forward; springs out of bed at night, especially after twelve o’clock; unable to lie down for fear of suffocation; attacks like croup instead of the usual urticaria.
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