Sarcoidosis can cause many different signs and symptoms. The symptoms are different in different people. Your symptoms depend on how long you have had sarcoidosis, and where the granulomas are, and how many there are.

Some people don’t have any symptoms from sarcoidosis. Their doctors find out that they have sarcoidosis when they are looking into other health problems.

Some symptoms of sarcoidosis are:

  • Feeling tired (fatigue)
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Losing weight
  • Skin rash
  • Tender purple or red lumps on your skin, usually on your legs
  • Muscle aches, weakness, joint pain
  • Eye pain or redness

Sarcoidosis affects the lungs in about 90% of patients. When sarcoidosis affects your lungs, it is often called pulmonary sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis of your lungs can give you these symptoms:

  • Wheezing (noisy breathing)
  • Short of breath
  • Dry cough
  • Tight feeling in the chest
  • Chest pain (this is less common)

20-25% of people with sarcoidosis get pulmonary fibrosis, permanent scarring of the lungs. Pulmonary fibrosis makes your lung tissue thicker and stiffer, so it is harder to breathe. Learn more about pulmonary fibrosis

Some people will get pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure in the lungs. 

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Page Last Updated: 03/12/2015