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What is steven johnson syndrome?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Severe allergic rash: Stevens -johnson is amongst the most severe allergic reactions one can have. It is almost always a reaction to a drug or vaccine. It usually occurs 1 week after a first exposure or 1-2 days after a second. It causes severe blistering of the skin and is a life threatening emergency that always requires inpatient hospital care-often in a burn unit.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
SJS: Stevens-johnson syndrome is a rare, serious disorder in which your skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection. Often, stevens-johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters, eventually causing the top layer of your skin to die and shed.
Dr. Gary Moss
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Drug reaction: One of the most severe and life-threatening forms of drug reactions. Patients peel off their skin and may need to be treated in the burn unit.

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What's stevens johnson syndrome?

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Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Severe reaction: Stevens johnson syndrome (sjs) is a severe immune reaction, usually to a medication. It can present with rash that leads to sloughing (peeling off) of the skin and mucous membranes (e.g., inside the mouth or vagina). It can also cause fever and damage to internal organs. Urgent treatment by qualified medical professionals is extremely important. See your doctor if you have further questions.
A member asked:

What's Stevens Johnsons syndrome?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: It is an uncommon but severe skin rash with fever. You may visit this site for more information. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/stevens-johnson-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355936
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you have a baby if you have stevens johnson syndrome before?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Should be fine: Satisfactory recovery from an episode of sjs should not automatically eliminate childbearing potential. The syndrome is variable in its intensity and may have affected the sensitive areas involved, reducing fertility, but for many it will not.A meeting with your doc to go over the issue may provide more specific answers to your individual case.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for stevens johnson syndrome?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
BIopsy confirms: Stevens-johnson is such a severe and obvious disease of the skin, and often eyes and mucosal surfaces, that treatment (including support, and stopping any medication that might have triggered it) will not wait on lab testing. Biopsy may be used for confirmation.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is steven johnson syndrome contagious?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: Stj syndrome is the most severe form of (em) erythema multiforme. Em is a hypersensitivity reaction that occurs in response to meds, infections, or illnesses. Exact cause is unknown but thought to be related to damage to blood vessels of skin then tissue damage. Em minor is caused usually by herpes simplex or mycoplasma. Em major (stj) is usually caused by medications. Stj can be deadly!

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