Symptoms – Life and Breath Foundation


Sarcoidosis symptoms vary depending on which organs are affected. Sarcoidosis sometimes develops gradually and produces symptoms that last for years. In other cases, symptoms appear quickly and can disappear suddenly. For others still, there are no symptoms at all.

The disease can cause general symptoms such as fatigue, fever, swollen lymph nodes and weight loss.

Lungs are the most common organ affected with Sarcoidosis — nearly 90 percent of patients deal with lung issues as result of the disease. Symptoms include a persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain and wheezing.

Enlarged lymph nodes are a very common symptom of Sarcoidosis, usually found in the arm pit or groin.

About 25 percent of sarcoidosis patients develop skin problems. Symptoms include red bumps that maybe painful to the touch; sores on the nose, cheeks and ears; and areas that are darker or lighter than the rest of the skin.

Sarcoidosis patients’ eyes may be affected by blurred vision, burning and itching sensations, redness, or sensitivity to light.

Sarcoidosis can cause the heart to beat irregularly, result in shortness of breath and produce swollen legs, hands and feet.

The liver is affected in nearly 20 percent of sarcoidosis patients, becoming enlarged and producing abnormal liver test results.

Sarcoidosis of the nervous system can cause tingling, numbness, seizures, paralysis of limbs, difficulty swallowing, dizziness and vertigo.