Symptoms of sarcoidosis depend on which body part is affected. Often the symptoms are mild and go away on their own, but sometimes sarcoidosis develops over time and symptoms can last for years. Some patients have no symptoms.
General symptoms of sarcoidosis include:
- Tiredness or weakness
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Weight loss
Symptoms of lung sarcoidosis include:
- Persistent cough
- Wheezing or trouble breathing
- Chest pain
Symptoms of skin sarcoidosis include:
- Tender rash or painful bumps on the skin, often near the ankles, lower legs
- Sores or lesions on the nose, cheeks or ears
- Bumps or nodules under the skin, especially near scars or tattoos
- Darkening or lightening of skin color
The rash and bumps may go away completely, or in some cases, they may leave a scar.
Sometimes, sarcoidosis causes no symptoms even though it is damaging certain organs. For this reason, people with sarcoidosis may need to have tests to check for organ damage.