Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome - All You Need To Know - Part 1


Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare, serious disorder of your skin and mucous membranes.

 It's usually a reaction to a medication or an infection.

Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters.

Then the top layer of the affected skin dies and sheds.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a medical emergency that usually requires hospitalization.

Treatment focuses on eliminating the underlying cause, controlling symptoms and minimizing complications.

Recovery after Stevens-Johnson syndrome can take weeks to months, depending on the severity of your condition.

If it was caused by a medication, you'll need to permanently avoid that drug and others closely related to it.


Stevens-Johnson syndrome symptoms include:
Facial swelling
Tongue swelling
Skin pain
A red or purple skin rash that spreads within hours to days
Blisters on your skin and the mucous membranes of your mouth, nose, eyes and genitals
Shedding of your skin

If you have Stevens-Johnson syndrome, several days before the rash develops you may experience:
Sore mouth and throat
Burning eyes

When to see a doctor
Stevens-Johnson syndrome requires immediate medical attention.

Seek emergency medical care if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms:

Unexplained widespread skin pain
Facial swelling
Blisters on your skin and mucous membranes
Tongue swelling
A red or purplish skin rash that spreads
Shedding of your skin

continued in Part 2