Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Stevens Johnson Syndrome Overview

What is Stevens-Johnson syndrome?
A person with Stevens-Johnson syndrome has an allergic rash that causes the skin to blister and peel. The top layer of skin dies and is shed. Without the top layer of skin to protect the body, the risk for infection increases. Stevens-Johnson syndrome can be life threatening, and is usually triggered by an infection, illness, or drug.

What are the symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome?
The initial symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, and an itchy rash on the face and trunk. Over time, the rash forms painful blisters, and may spread to the mouth, genitals, eyes, intestines or lungs. Additional symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome include mouth or tongue lesions, eye redness, diarrhea, and cough. Worsening symptoms include difficulty breathing, faintness and confusion.

How does the doctor treat Stevens-Johnson syndrome?
The treatment for a Stevens-Johnson syndrome includes intravenous fluids, narcotic pain medication, and careful skin care in a hospital burn unit. Additional treatment may include oxygen therapy and mechanical ventilation, in order to support breathing.

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Last Updated: Aug 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Stevens Johnson Syndrome References
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