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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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Dr. Emily Altman
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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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Is steven johnson syndrome contagious?

Is steven johnson syndrome contagious?

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! ...Read more

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What is steven johnson syndrome?

What is steven johnson syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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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

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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 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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What is steven-johnson syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What is steven johnson syndrome pictures please :)?

What is steven johnson syndrome pictures please :)?

Let me explain: Stevens–johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis are two forms of a life-threatening skin condition, in which cell death causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis. The syndrome is thought to be a hypersensitivity complex that affects the skin and the mucous membranes. The main known cause is certain medications, followed by infections and rarely cancers. ...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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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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How do barbiturates cause steven johnson syndrome?

Stevens-Johnson : Sjs is an immune mediated reaction where your body is tricked into thinking of itself as the enemy. Some people have livers that can't metabolize barbiturates well, they are "slow acetylators". This leads to an accumulation of metabolite byproducts that may bind to normal tissue ("haptens") and trigger a destructive immune response against the skin ("keratinocytes" in the "epidermis"). ...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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What is stephen johnsons syndrome?

What is stephen johnsons syndrome?

SJS: A very serious skin reaction with very high morbidity and poor prognosis. Drugs are the most common cause, but viral infections (including hiv) have also been implicated. If there is even the slightest concern for sjs, you need to seek immediate dermatologic evaluation as this is a medical emergency. This is in the same family as erythema multiforme and toxic epidermal necrolysis. ...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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How safe is rifampicin with steven johnson's syndrome?

Depends on prior med: The currently worded question can.t be answered without knowing what the Steven-Johnson's syndrome reaction to what? If it was to a medication with the same or similar chemical structure as rifampicin, then it's not safe. If caused by a completely different medicine, then it's safe. ...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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How healthy is rifampicin from steven johnson's syndrome?

Not good : There is no history here but with stevens Johnson this is not good. This can be a cause of stevens Johnson. At a time with the disease is active the liver is under a lot of stress . It would be better to avoid. ...Read more