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How to Treat Sarcoidosis
Treatment aims to ease symptoms and minimize permanent problems. Treatment may include:
You need regular medical and eye exams to monitor for symptoms and complications of sarcoidosis.
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.
To help minimize your symptoms, follow these guidelines:
- If you smoke, quit.
- Avoid exposure to dust and chemicals.
- Notify your doctor at once if any symptoms develop or worsen.