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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is Stevens-Johnson syndrome?

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a rare and serious condition of your skin and mucus membranes. SJS will cause you to lose up to 10% of your outer layer of skin. SJS is usually caused by a response to a medicine you have been taking. The most common medicines are antibiotics, NSAIDs, and antiseizure medicines. The response may happen 1 week to 2 months after you take the medicine. SJS may also be caused by infection, vaccinations, or diseases involving your organs or whole body.

What are the signs and symptoms of SJS?

You may have a fever and chills up to 2 weeks before you have skin symptoms. You may also have a cough and sore throat, headache and body aches, and feel more tired than usual. Skin symptoms include the following:

How is SJS diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider may diagnose SJS when he sees your skin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have been taking any medicines recently. A sample of your skin may be taken and sent for tests to check for SJS.

What medicines may be used to treat SJS?

The goal of treating SJS is to stop symptoms from getting worse. You are put in the hospital to treat SJS. Your healthcare provider will stop the medicine you were taking that caused SJS. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What treatments may be used for SJS?

How can I help manage my symptoms of SJS?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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