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Sarcoidosis Treatments

Treatment

Treatment aims to ease symptoms and minimize permanent problems. Treatment may include:

Monitoring

You need regular medical and eye exams to monitor for symptoms and complications of sarcoidosis.

Medication

Drugs that may be prescribed include the following:

  • Prednisone (the main treatment) is an oral steroid used to decrease inflammation.
  • Methotrexate or azathioprine may be used for patients who do not respond to steroids.
  • Hydroxychloroquine may be used to treat skin problems.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents may be used to treat musculoskeletal symptoms.
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation programs may help improve lung function.
  • Topical steroids may be advised for rashes.
  • Eye drops may be used for mild eye problems.

Self-care

To help minimize your symptoms, follow these guidelines:

  • Don't smoke. If you smoke, quit.
  • Avoid exposure to dust and chemicals.
  • Notify your doctor at once if any symptoms develop or worsen.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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