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Venus Williams pulling out of the US open this week the tennis champion announcing she has an autoimmune disease.
That's affecting her ability to compete it's called show -- syndrome.
And she says it's causing her fatigue and joint pains we want to take a closer look at this what exactly is this syndrome.
-- definitely -- Okur and the University of Maryland school of medicine is joining us now but what exactly is show grand syndrome well.
It is an autoimmune disease so it means your body perceives as certain part of your body is foreign and attacks that.
In the case of show -- it's -- type of gland called an X so -- land.
So salad very glands that produce moisture for them -- tear ducts things in the eyes can be affected.
And two of the most common symptoms are dry mouth and dry I.
Would you more than a nuisance because they can cause cavities in your mouth and all servers and -- -- And the other thing is you do get fatigued and they can be associated with other autoimmune diseases.
Like rheumatoid arthritis -- you can have joint destruction some of these diseases are very kind of insidious and take awhile and I I think the average time to diagnosis.
Is seven years in fact Venus herself said.
She was that He she didn't know what was going not she just tried to push yourself harder most people learned to -- there are medicines you can take anti immune medicines that can sometimes help -- if you just have show grounds alone.
It shouldn't it shouldn't be I mean she.
She might have to you know get used to a little bit more fatigue and adjuster training and stuff and there are things you can do increase your fluid intake.
Increased humidity artificial tears artificial now France's you know to keep your mouth moist.
And then of course if she has other things like arthritis which they haven't said that she had I mean and you have to deal with that but it's not necessarily a career and there.
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