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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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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


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If I have taken bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) before and was fine, now taking it again, can I still get stevens-johnson syndrome?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Stevens johnson syndrome can occur at any time from Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and is unpredictable but is very rare. If your doctor thinks Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a good choice for you, take it. ...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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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for stevens johnson syndrome?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for stevens johnson syndrome?

Stevens Johnson synd: Erythema multiforme is a type of hypsersensitivity reaction that occurs in response to medications, infections, or illness. Medications include: barbiturates, penicillins, phenytoin, sulfonamides. Infections include: herpes simplex, mycoplasma. Treatment of severe symptoms may include: antibiotics to control any skin infections; corticosteroids to control inflammation; sometimes IV immunoglobulin. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of stevens johnson syndrome?

What's the best treatment to get rid of stevens johnson syndrome?

Steven Johnson Syndr: Steven johnson syndrome is a serious condition and it involves skin and mucous membranes and other systems may get involved.It needs to be treated in an intensive care unit with large doses of steroids and IV fluids and other supportive measures and inspite of the treatment it can be fatal.So to answer your question you dont get rid of it but it has to be treated by doctors in the hospital. ...Read more

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I have recurrent Stevens Johnson Syndrome. I have it now & can't get in touch with my dermatologist and need to see her right away. What can I do?

Go to ER: Stevens Johnsons can be life-threatening and thus an ER visit when the doctor there may be able to find you another dermatologist on call may be the best option. If you have had recurrent episodes,consider going to an university research center for an evaluation. ...Read more

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A doctor recently gave me a possible diagnosis of stevens johnson syndrome. Should i get a second opinion?

SJ syndrome: Stevens johnson is a potential life threatening disease that occurs as a reaction to a medication. If this is what your doctor says, you need to be under very close medical observation. ...Read more