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Stevens Johnson Syndrome (Definition)

A severe type of allergic reaction to certain medications. The skin and mucus membranes such as the mouth can be effected. This is a life threatening condition that is treated in the hospital sometimes requiring care in a burn unit. A complex condition, SJS requires the care of several specialists such as a dermatologist, internist, and sometimes a surgeon ...Read more


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What's stevens johnson syndrome?

What's stevens johnson syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What is stevens-johnson syndrome?

See details: This is a very rare but very serious and even life threatening disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. It is usually a reaction to a medication or an infection. It usually begins with flu-like symptoms followed by a painful rash in which the top layer of the skin dies and sheds. It is an extreme emergency and requires immediate hospitalization. ...Read more

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Can stevens johnson syndrome be cured?

Yes, sometimes: Depending on a number of factors, stevens johnson syndrome can be treated once the offending agent can be removed from the body and the immune system can be quelled and the patient protected from infection, dehydration, and multi-organ failure. ...Read more

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Can you die of stevens-johnson syndrome?

Can you die of stevens-johnson syndrome?

Yes, SJS is serious: Stevens johnson syndrome (eryth. Multi. Major, ten) is a rare but sometimes fatal allergic reaction. A person can have fever, malaise (general discomfort), skin itching, joint aches, and a fairly rapid appearance of reddened spots or patches all over. The rash can have "target" or "bulls-eye" spots, and even blisters. Eye irritation can occur, as well as sores on eyelids, lips, and in the mouth. ...Read more

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Can stevens johnson syndrome be treated?

SJS: Absolutely. Sjs is best treated in a burn unit by trained professionals. It is all patient dependent since there are differing views on the use of corticosteroids.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001854/. ...Read more

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Can you die from stevens johnson syndrome?

Can you die from stevens johnson syndrome?

Yes: Stevens johnson is a very serious immune reaction manifest as skin and mucosal damage and sloughing. It looks similar to and has effects like a burn. Untreated one can die of dehydration and infection. ...Read more

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What are the tests for stevens johnson syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get stevens johnson syndrome twice?

Is it possible to get stevens johnson syndrome twice?

Yes, unfortunately: Patients with stevens johnson syndrome can recover and later, even years later, get it again. If the first sjs episode was caused by a known medication, the patient must avoid that medication and similar, related drugs. Some patients may have a genetic pre-disposition (inborn likelihood) to get sjs, which increases their chances of getting it a second time. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my stevens johnson syndrome go away?

Life threatening: This is a life threatening condition often requiring ICU level of care. Depending on how early in the disease, treatment was started, the recovery period may vary. ...Read more

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Does stevens johnson syndrome usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Extensive rash with shedding skin. Also can involve ocnjunctiva and oral activity. This needs immediate medical attention and hospitalization, preferably at burn unit where they can handle extensive skin problem. ...Read more

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Can flowers affect the symptoms of stevens johnson syndrome?

Can flowers affect the symptoms of stevens johnson syndrome?

No: No; there is no data confirming any relationship between the two. ...Read more

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What're the symptoms and causes of stevens-johnson syndrome?

What're the symptoms and causes of stevens-johnson syndrome?

Severe rash from med: Severe skin rash often from drug allergy, esp sulfa drugs, but also can be from connective tissue diseases. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: stevens johnson syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: stevens johnson syndrome?

Bad Rash: Sjs is a severe type of allergic reaction to certain medications. The skin and mucus membranes such as the mouth can be effected. This is a life threatening condition that is treated in the hospital sometimes requiring care in a burn unit. Sjs is a complex condition and requires the care of several specialists such as a dermatologist, internist, and sometimes a surgeon that specializes in burns. ...Read more

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What's the death rate of stevens johnson syndrome here in the u.S.?

What's the death rate of stevens johnson syndrome here in the u.S.?

Depends on BSA: The death rate from steven's johnson syndrome (sjs) is dependent on the extent of skin sloughing. When body surface area (bsa) sloughing is less than 10%, the mortality rate is approximately 1-5%. However, with more extensive  sloughing (30% bsa)  the death rate is 25-35%, or higher. ...Read more

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What are the most common cause of stevens-johnson syndrome all over the world?

Drug reactions: Drug reactions and infections and the most common causes. See http://www. Skinassn. Org/ for more information. ...Read more

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Can you still get stevens-johnson syndrome from medications you've tolerated both the first and second time in the past?

Yes: Just as you can become allergic to cats suddenly despite having been around them for years. In hypersensitivity, anything can happne. ...Read more

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I had stevens johnson syndrome and accidentally took similar medicine that caused it before. It's been two days. Will I get it again?

SJS: Not necessarily. Just follow your symptoms (if any) closely. And call your doctor or get to an er immediately if any symptoms start to return. ...Read more

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My boyfriend had stevens johnson syndrome when he was 12 he is now 20. It was due to allrgic reaction if he gets it again will he die?

My boyfriend had stevens johnson syndrome when he was 12 he is now 20. It was due to allrgic reaction if he gets it again will he die?

Steven Jhonson syndr: If one gets exposed to the same agent, medicine, vaccine, dye or what ever was the offending agent which caused the prior stevens johnson's syndrome then a subsequent exposure can be severe, dangerous and fatal and should be avoided. ...Read more

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Can IV glutathione cause of stevens-johnson syndrome?

No: Not to my knowledge. The most common drugs associated with stevens-johnson are sulfonamides. There are numerous other drugs that are associated with it, but not glutathione. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Can prilosec cause stevens-johnson syndrome?

Can prilosec cause stevens-johnson syndrome?

Probably: Nearly any drug can cause Stevens Johnson although the mechanism remains unclear. However certain drugs (sulfa for example) are more likely to cause it than others. I suspect that the probability of Prilosec causing it is low but not impossible. ...Read more

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Is stevens-johnson syndrome be a side effect of ibuprophen?

Maybe: There apparently have been cases of sjs in people taking ibuprofen. It is very rare if it does occur. ...Read more

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Is there an incubation period for stevens-johnson syndrome?

Is there an incubation period for stevens-johnson syndrome?

No: Incubation period refers to the duration after which a person is transmitted a pathogen (i.e. Virus or bacteria) until the infection is apparent. Stevens-johnson syndrome (sjs) is not an infection and therefore there is no incubation period. Very rarely sjs can result from an individuals 'reaction' to an infection. More often sjs may result from antibiotics used to treat infections. ...Read more

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Out of curiosity, has aspirin been linked to Stevens-Johnson syndrome?

Rarely, but yes: Nearly all of the non-selective NSAIDS have been implicated in Stevens-Johnson syndrome. They are cyclooxygenase inhibitors. But these reactions are very uncommon. 80% of this syndrome is caused by drugs and consists of a red to purple skin eruption progressing to bullae and necrosis of skin and sometimes mucous membrane. Treatment is with corticosteroids but long term use can aggravate. ...Read more

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Can MRSA change into stevens johnson syndrome?

Can MRSA change into stevens johnson syndrome?

NO: Mrsa is caused by methcillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that can cause serious infections and is resistant to a number of antibiotics. Stevens-johnson syndrome (sjs) is completely different. Sjs refers to a very serious, life-threatening allergic reaction to a drug (such as an antibiotic) that can lead to the sloughing off of the superficial layer of skin and mucous membranes. ...Read more

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What is stevens johnson syndrome pictures would help?

What is stevens johnson syndrome pictures would help?

Stevens-Johnson: 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. ...Read more

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Is hemoglobin is affected by stevens johnson syndrome?

Is hemoglobin is affected by stevens johnson syndrome?

No: Not likely but if the illness persists I'm sure the hg level can drop. ...Read more

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I had stevens/johnson syndrome last year. Will it come back easier now?

I had stevens/johnson syndrome last year. Will it come back easier now?

Stevens/Johnson's: Various etiologic factors have been implicated as causes of stevens-johnson syndrome. Drugs most commonly are blamed. The 4 etiologic categories are as follows:
infectious
drug-induced
malignancy-related
idiopathic
stevens-johnson syndrome is idiopathic in 25-50% of cases. Drugs and malignancies are most often implicated as the etiology in adults and elderly persons. ...Read more

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How many times have you seen Stevens-Johnson syndrome caused by prescribed Diltiazem?

Very rare: The syndrome alone is very rare - one person per million kinda rare. Can occur with any drug but usually a sulfa based drug and very very rare with diltiazem. Probably would have to do a world litature search to find even a few cases related to this drug. ...Read more

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Does stevens-johnson syndrome start while you're still taking medicine you're allergic to?

Usually: Usually. That is why it is so important to know your real allergies and to assure those substances are not in other medications being used. ...Read more

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Stevens-johnson syndrome. How worried should I be at 50 as opposed to worrying about my 7 year old grandson?

SJS: This is an extremely dangerous and has very high mortality rates. If you are unsure if either you or your grandson have this, it is essential that you get into a doctor immediately to be evaluated. This is not the forum to address the seriousness of this deadly disease. First get it seen by a doctor, then all of the doctors on health tap would be happy to provide further insight. ...Read more

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I have been taking Diltiazem for almost a year resolving symptoms. Stopped taking 3 weeks ago as scared of Stevens Johnson Syndrome- likelihood?

Don't stop: Diltiazem is used to treat hypertension. It is a calcium channel blocker. Stevens-Johnson syndrome is an extremely rare side effect and if you've been taking it for a year, don't worry. And let your doctor know you stopped it. ...Read more

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Is there a test for stevens-johnson syndrome?

No: Stevens-johnson syndrome or erytema muliforme is a dermatological reaction, usually allergic to something. ...Read more

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Is it safe to kiss someone with stevens-johnson syndrome?

Is it safe to kiss someone with stevens-johnson syndrome?

Yes: It is not contagious but sjs tends to affect the lips and mucus membranes so it might be painful to the patient with sjs. ...Read more