Monday, January 22, 2018


What is sarcoidosis
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease caused by collections of inflammatory cells ( called granulomas). These granulomas then form as nodules in multiple organs most common in lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. They can affect any body part. It is said to be due to body’s immune reaction to some infection or antigen.  It can cause long term complaints like fatigue, fever, swollen lymph nodes, cough, chest pain and shortness of breath. It may become life threatening in some cases. Sarcoidosis commonly affects young adults of both sexes. It occurs throughout the world by an average of 15 - 20 per 100,000. Those exposed to chemicals and pesticides are more susceptible.

Symptoms of Sarcoidosis
Since it affects many body parts, symptoms vary accordingly. Some people do not develop symptoms at all. Symptoms may appear slowly or suddenly. It is also possible to have periods of relief in between.

Common symptoms
•    Fever
•    Fatigue
•    Weight loss
•    Night sweats
•    Swollen lymph nodes
Respiratory symptoms
•    Persistent dry cough
•    Breathing difficulty
•    Oppression chest
•    Noisy breathing
•    Chest pain
Skin symptoms
•    Tender reddish bumps on skin
•    Color change of skin
•    Nodules under skin
Eye symptoms
•    Blurred vision
•    Pain
•    Redness
•    Sensitivity to light
•    Teary eyes
Other complaints
•    Swollen and painful joints
•    Enlarged tender lymph nodes
•    Abnormal heart beats
•    Heart failure
•    Hearing loss
•    Body aches

Causes of Sarcoidosis
The exact cause of sarcoidosis is not yet known. It is said that sarcoidosis is caused due to abnormal immune response to exposure to some environmental, occupational, or infectious agent. Genetics may play a role.

Risk factors of Sarcoidosis
•    Between 20 and 40 years of age,
•    More in women than in men
•    Sarcoidosis in family increases the chances

Complications of Sarcoidosis
•    There can be damage to lungs resulting in severe breathing  complaints
•    Neurological complaints if nervous system is affected.
•    Facial paralysis
•    Fertility problems
•    Heart, Kidney and liver problems
•    Eye problems like cataract, glaucoma and blindness

Diagnosis of Sarcoidosis
Diagnosis of sarcoidosis involves medical history and physical examination. The following are the tests that are used to diagnose sarcoidosis.
•    Chest X-rays
•    CT scan, PET scan or MRI
•    Pulmonary function (breathing) tests
•    Bronchoscopy
•    Eye examination
•    Liver function test
•    Kidney function test
•    Blood test for overall health

Precautions & Prevention of Sarcoidosis
•    Improving general health
•    Caution if any family member is diagnosed with sarcoidosis
•    Avoidance of exposure to chemicals
•    Early diagnosis in case of appearance of some indicating symptoms

Treatment of Sarcoidosis 

Homeopathic Treatment of Sarcoidosis
Homeopathy has excellent reputation of treating sarcoidosis. It relieves inflammation, breathing difficulty, joint pains and other complaints. Homeopathy improves quality of life and offers very good long term management of sarcoidosis. Some of the homeopathic remedies that can be used for treatment of sarcoidosis are:
-   Lyco
-   Mang S
-   Ars iod
-   Beryllium
-   Nat ars
-   Pulsatilla
Acupuncture and Acupressure Treatment of Sarcoidosis
Acupuncture therapy for sarcoidosis aimed at draining excess and especially resolving phlegm accumulation. It helps in normalization of internal environment in body by balancing energy (chi) and managing excess and deficiency of factors like phlegm cold heat etc.
Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Sarcoidosis
Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can help in stress relief. They can help in better coping and early relief. 
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Sarcoidosis
In allopathic treatment, Corticosteroids such as prednisone are prescribed. It helps in reducing inflammation associated with sarcoidosis. Other medications used for sarcoidosis are methotrexate, azathioprine and infliximab. These medicines help to suppress the immune system.
Surgical Treatment of Sarcoidosis
Surgery, such as a lung or heart transplant, is only necessary in extreme cases.
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Sarcoidosis
•    Drink 6 - 8 glasses of water daily
•    Avoid caffeine and alcohol
•    Avoid refined foods
•    Eat fruits and vegetables
Other Treatment of Sarcoidosis
•    Exercise regularly
•    Quitting smoking

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