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Compare steven johnson syndrome/erythema multiforme?

Compare steven johnson syndrome/erythema multiforme?

Degree: Erythema multiforme is an allergic skin condition usually due to a medication or an infection. It may be mild but can also have a severe life-threatening form called erythema multiforme major or stevens-johnson syndrome. ...Read more

Dr. Stuart Rhein
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Erythema Multiforme (Definition)

Erythema multiforme is a type of hypsersensitivity skin reaction in response to medicines (sulfa, phenytoin, barbiturates, penicillin), infections (herpes, mycoplasma) , or illness. Symptoms are fever, ill feeling, joint ache and symmetric itchy rash on the trunk, extremities, palms, hands, feet, that starts quickly as a macule, papule, blister or hive. There can be bull's ...Read more


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I need information about steven johnson syndrome, and erythema multiforme.?

I need information about steven johnson syndrome, and erythema multiforme.?

See below : 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! ...Read more

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What are toxic epidermal necrolosys/steven johnson syndrome/erythema multiforme"?

What are toxic epidermal necrolosys/steven johnson syndrome/erythema multiforme"?

Serious Problem: Ten (toxic epidermal necrolysis) and (sjs) steven johnson syndrome are the same illness and only are separated by the percentage of body surface area involved. Erythema multiform is usually a much more limited problem. Ten/sjs can be caused by many things, and results in sloughing off of the skin in large areas and can cause severe infection, fluid loss and death. ...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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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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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

Dr. Emily Altman
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Stevens Johnson Syndrome (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Red Skin (Definition)

Red skin is a symptom in which part or all of a person's skin is redder than normal. Redness is usually caused by increased blood (red colored) in the reddened area. Increased blood flow can be due to allergies, inflammation, infection, hormonal changes, nerve problems, ...Read more