Sarcoidosis Specialist

Valerius Medical Group & Research Center

Rheumatologists located in Los Alamitos, CA

Sarcoidosis, which causes inflammation in your organs, is a serious condition. With the help of rheumatologists like Nathaniel Neal, MD, and Rebekah Neal, MD, there’s hope. At Valerius Medical Group & Research Center in Los Alamitos Long Beach, CA, they administer a variety of treatments to reduce the symptoms of sarcoidosis and protect your organs. To find out what treatment options are best for you, contact the office or book your appointment conveniently online today.

Sarcoidosis Q & A

What is sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis is a condition that causes inflammation in your body’s organs. This inflammation leads to your immune system cells forming granulomas, or lumps, that can impact the function of your organs.

While sarcoidosis can attack any organ, it commonly starts in the lungs, skin, or lymph nodes before moving on to the eyes and liver. In some cases, it can also affect the heart and brain.

What are the symptoms of sarcoidosis?

The symptoms of sarcoidosis vary depending on what organ system it impacts. In some cases, there are no symptoms, even though the disease is hurting your organs.

Since sarcoidosis typically impacts your lungs, the first noticeable symptoms often include:

  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Teary eyes
  • Joint pain

Some patients also develop Löfgren’s syndrome, which can include a fever, enlarged lymph nodes, arthritis, and erythema nodosum (a red rash that appears on your ankles and shins).

Although the cause of sarcoidosis is unknown, its symptoms are treatable. When caught early, sarcoidosis can go into remission and, in some cases, the condition gets better on its own.

In other cases, sarcoidosis symptoms can cause lasting issues with between 20-30% of cases, resulting in permanent lung damage.

How is sarcoidosis treated?

Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the organs the disease attacks, Dr. Nathaniel and Dr. Rebekah may recommend a variety of treatments. If your case is mild, you may not need medications and treatment.

The team at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center recommend general health maintenance. The healthier your body, the less damage sarcoidosis creates. To improve your overall health, your rheumatologist may recommend:

  • A whole-food diet
  • Plenty of water
  • 6-8 hours of sleep a night
  • A healthy weight regimen
  • Daily exercise

Having regular checkups is also vital to successful sarcoidosis treatment. Since the disease can hurt your organ systems without causing symptoms, your rheumatologist may require regular monitoring.

In more severe cases, your rheumatologist may recommend medications to reduce your symptoms and protect your organs. These can include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Methotrexate
  • Hydroxychloroquine

If you think you may be suffering from sarcoidosis, don’t wait to find help. Schedule your appointment today with Valerius Medical Group & Research Center. Call to schedule your appointment or book online.