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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: A Severe Skin Reaction

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Eye involvement poses a great risk in Stevens-Johnson syndrome as 27 to 50 percent of patients develop visual problems. Surgery may be required to treat eye inflammation and prevent blindness.

Precautions:

1. Contact a doctor: if you notice any unexpected swelling of the face and tongue, if you develop hives or other rash while you are ill or if a rash appears after starting antibiotics or any other new medication. Do not take another dose until you are checked by a doctor.

2. Even if you have not been taking antibiotics, but have been taking higher than usual doses of Motrin, stop taking the medication and contact a doctor.

3. Wear a medical alert bracelet if you have any medical problems or allergies to alert others of your medical history. If you have ever had Stevens-Johnson syndrome it is extremely important to not be exposed to the same drug or even a similar class drug in the future.

source:
www.mayoclinic.com/health/stevens-johnson-syndrome/DS00940
www.sjsupport.org/index.shtml
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1197450-overview

Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele are at www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles

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