- Sarcoid of Boeck
- Schaumann's disease
Your QuestionMy friend has been diagnosed with Boeck's sarcoidosis. What is it? What can be done and how does it work? What natural therapy can be used?
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- What is sarcoidosis?
- What causes sarcoidosis?
- What are the signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis?
- What treatment is available for sarcoidosis?
- Is there any information about alternative therapies for sarcoidosis?
- Is there an institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that may be able to provide information about alternative therapies for sarcoidosis?
If granulomas form in the lungs, symptoms may include shortness of breath (dyspnea), a cough that won't go away, and chest pain. Some people feel very tired, uneasy, or depressed. Night sweats and weight loss are also common.
- Skin rashes, ulcers or discoloration
- Joint stiffness or pain
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Enlarged liver or spleen
- Vision problems, eye dryness or irritation
- Headaches, seizures, or weakness on one side of the face
- Aches and pains in the muscles and bones
- Abnormal heart beats
- Kidney stones
- the symptoms present
- the severity of the symptoms
- whether any vital organs (e.g., your lungs, eyes, heart, or brain) are affected
- how the organ is affected.
Some organs must be treated, regardless of your symptoms. Others may not need to be treated. Usually, if a patient doesn't have symptoms, he or she doesn't need treatment, and probably will recover in time. 
Currently, the drug that is most commonly used to treat sarcoidosis is prednisone. When a patient's condition gets worse when taking prednisone or when the side effects of prednisone are severe in the patient, a doctor may prescribe other drugs. Most of these other drugs reduce inflammation by suppressing the immune system. These other drugs include: hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), methotrexate, azathioprine (Imuran), and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan). Researchers continue to look for new and better treatments for sarcoidosis. Anti-tumor necrosis factor drugs and antibiotics are currently being studied.
More detailed information about the treatment of sarcoidosis can be found at the following links:
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Web site has a page for locating libraries in your area that can provide direct access to these journals (print or online). The Web page also describes how you can get these articles through interlibrary loan and Loansome Doc (an NLM document-ordering service). You can access this page at the following link http://nnlm.gov/members/. You can also contact the NLM toll-free at 888-346-3656 to locate libraries in your area.
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