As we have written on numerous occasions, Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a most serious health problem. It results in lesions and blisters all over the body and skin that sloughs off and these are just some of the symptoms patients experience. SJS doesn’t discriminate in its targets and that’s a scary thought. It’s not fully understood why patients develop SJS. It is known, however, that the condition is a very rare, yet severe, allergic reaction to medications. The condition often starts as a painful rash, sometimes accompanied with blisters. By the time the patient is finally diagnosed, the person’s skin may start sloughing off, exposing large areas of flesh. It’s a very painful condition.
In addition to losing the outer layer of skin, patients may also experience sloughing of their mucous membranes and of the lining of their internal organs. Those who survive their experiences often have permanent scarring. There can also be damage to their eyesight and damage to their tear ducts, and some patients fall into a coma. Some die from their injuries. Patients may have no idea they are allergic to a specific medication until the reaction occurs. Folks have developed SJS after taking a wide variety of medications, including medications as seemingly harmless as headache remedies. If you need additional information on SJS, contact Frank Woodson at 800-898-2034 or by email at Frank.Woodson@beasleyallen.com.
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