Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a rare, life-threatening skin condition that is most often caused by adverse reactions to drugs. SJS is a disorder of the body’s skin and mucous membranes, and can result in symptoms ranging from painful skin rashes to blindness, and even death.
SJS is an extremely rare disorder, and is sometimes misdiagnosed by doctors and medical professionals. Patients that experience Stevens-Johnson Syndrome may be entitled to compensation if their symptoms were the result of an adverse reaction to a defective drug.
If you or a loved one have suffered through the severe, painful and life-threatening experience of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, call Henson Fuerst right away. Our North Carolina Defective Drug Lawyers will fight hard to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Signs and Symptoms
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome almost always begins with the patient experiencing a painful skin irritation and flu-like symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, cough and sore mouth and throat. As the disease continues to progress, patients may experience the following symptoms:
- Rash, blisters and red spots on the skin
- Blisters in the eyes, mouth, ears, nose and genital areas
- Flu-like symptoms, including headache, nausea, fatigue and cough
- Shedding of skin
In its most severe cases, SJS is referred to as Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN). Many patients that experience severe SJS/TEN suffer long-term health effects and permanent medical conditions such as:
- Scarring and permanent skin damage
- Blood Infection, or sepsis
Causes of SJS
SJS and TEN are often caused by adverse reactions to drugs and medications. If you or a loved one experienced SJS as the result of a drug reaction, you must avoid using that drug for the rest of your life. It is also recommended that all family members avoid that drug as well, as SJS is believed to be linked to certain genetic traits.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the drugs most commonly associated with Stevens-Johnson include:
- Sulfonamides: used to treat infections
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): common pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
- Antimalarials: used to treat and prevent Malaria
- Anticonvulsants: used to treat seizures
- Allopurinol: used to treat gout
SJS can also be caused by infections such as Herpes, Pneumonia, HIV or Hepatitis.
Henson Fuerst is Here to Help
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a devastating condition. It is not currently known how many people are afflicted with SJS every year, although many medical professionals and support organizations are attempting to increase public awareness of this often misunderstood disease. For more information about SJS, as well as resources for patients and their families, visit the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Foundation here.
If you or a loved one suffered SJS/TEN or any other severe injuries as the result of an adverse reaction to a prescription drug or medication, contact the experienced North Carolina Drug Injury attorneys at Henson Fuerst. Call us anytime at (919) 781-1107 or fill out a free case evaluation online.
When you call, you will speak with one of our compassionate, dedicated Drug Injury lawyers absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to ensure that your rights are protected. At Henson Fuerst, we will handle your drug injury case with compassion and determination.