NATIONAL SARCOIDOSIS DAY
National Sarcoidosis Day is observed annually on April 30th. Sarcoidosis is an immune system disease that is not contagious. While most commonly found in the lungs, Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can affect any part of the body, inside or out.
When it attacks the skin, it typically looks like a scaly rash or red bumps. Often, people don’t realize they have it and blame it on allergies or a simple reaction to something with which they came into contact. Sarcoidosis can affect muscles, bones, kidneys, eyes, liver, the heart or any other part of the body. When it affects the eyes, the usual symptoms are sore eyes. When internal organs or muscles are affected it can cause swelling and pain. In the lungs, it can cause a dry cough, shortness of breath and mild chest pain.
Anyone can get Sarcoidosis, but it typically attacks people between the ages of 20 and 40. In about half of the cases, Sarcoidosis goes away without treatment. In more severe cases, for which there is no cure, the symptoms may last for years and cause organ damage. While scientists don’t fully understand Sarcoidosis yet, research continues to be done on it in the hopes of finding the cause and a cure.
HOW TO OBSERVE
National Sarcoidosis Day was inspired by Carl DeLine and David Sohl. Recognize this important medical day by educating yourself about Sarcoidosis. Share your knowledge and experience on Social Media using #NationalSarcoidosisDay.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® has declared April 30th as National Sarcoidosis Day, and it will be observed annually on this day.
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