Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a serious adverse skin reaction that is usually a reaction to medicine that was recently started or taken. It is accompanied by a Rash and Blisters where the skin in the affected areas dies and sloughs off. When more than 30% of the skin is involved the classification changes to Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). Both Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis are medical emergencies that require immediate medical attention and often result in hospitalization. It is estimated that nearly 2 million men and women will be diagnosed every year, and this is only in the United States alone. Unfortunately there are roughly one hundred and fifty thousand deaths every year that are attributed to Steven-Johnsons Syndrome.
This site is dedicated to providing attorney services and is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek immediate medical attention rather than trying to self diagnose. However, the following information may be helpful.
SJS And TENs Symptoms May Include:
- A Rash and Skin that begins to turn red or purple in color
- Hives through out the body
- Skin pain
- Blisters in your mouth, nose, eyes and genitals
- Skin shedding
- Swelling of the tongue and surrounding area
- Facial swelling and discoloration
Before the rash develops people often experience flu like symptoms, such as:
- Sore mouth and throat
- Itchy eyes
- Burning eyes
- Runny Nose
If you begin to experience symptoms, especially if you have recently begun or taken a new medication, immediately seek emergency medical attention.
Pharmaceuticals That Can Cause SJS / TENs
In the United States the vast majority of diagnoses have been attributed to antibiotics and painkillers. However there are an estimated 200+ different types of medicines that can cause SJS, Due to the high number of medications linked to the disease it is estimated thousands of men and women are diagnosed every year. If you find yourself, or a loved one, affected by this condition then you must contact a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorney or a Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis lawyer as soon as possible.
Below is a brief list of a few of the most commonly known substances to be linked to the disease
- Anti-gout, such as Allopurinol
- Pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve)
- Medicine to treat seizures or mental health issues, such as Lamictal or Lamotrigine
- Children’s Advil
Why You Need A Stevens-Johnson Attorney
Recovery can take months, and injuries can be permanent. They may include vision problems, sensitivity to light, scarring or discoloration of the skin, toenails and fingernails that do not grow back normally, sensitivity to the sun, increased sensitivity to temperatures, fertility problems, irritated and dry eyes, and internal organ damage. In the most severe circumstances, can cause death.
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