- Age: 20 to 40
- Sex: female
- Ethnic descent: African-American, Northern European, Scandinavian, and Irish
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Pain or irritation of eyes
- Fatigue, especially with exertion
- Muscle weakness
- Night sweats
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Difficulty hearing
- Blurred vision or blindness
- Poor coordination
- Trouble walking
- Irregular heart rate
- Pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints
- Facial paralysis known as Bell's Palsy
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- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Steroids to decrease inflammation
- Methotrexate or azathioprine may be used for those who do not respond to steroids
- Hydroxychloroquine to treat skin problems
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat musculoskeletal symptoms
- Pulmonary rehabilitation programs to improve lung function
- Topical steroids to treat rashes
- Eye drops to treat mild eye problems
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how to successfully quit.
- Avoid exposure to dust and chemicals.
- Notify your doctor at right away if any symptoms develop or worsen.
American Lung Association http://www.lung.org
Arthritis Foundation http://www.arthritis.org
The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca
The Lung Association http://www.lung.ca
Explore sarcoidosis. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sarc. Updated June 14, 2013. Accessed August 15, 2013.
Sarcoidosis. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/sarcoidosis. Accessed August 15, 2013.
Sarcoidosis in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 25, 2013. Accessed August 15, 2013.
Sarcoidosis in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 28, 2011. Accessed August 15, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -