Excessive dryness due to Sjogren's syndrome
One potential effect of rheumatoid arthritis is Sjögren’s syndrome. This is another inflammatory disorder and is characterized by a loss of function in the glands that produce moisture.
All of the moist parts of your body are susceptible. These include your eyes, mouth, and lungs. Dry lungs make you cough more often. If you are a woman, vaginal dryness may be a result of Sjögren’s syndrome.