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Risk factors for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

According to the Mayo Clinic, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a rare and unpredictable skin condition. Although no test is available to help predict who is at risk, some factors may increase the risk of developing Stevens-Johnson syndrome, including:

  • Existing medical conditions — Viral infections, diseases that decrease immunity, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and systemic lupus erythematosus — a chronic inflammatory disease — increase the risk of developing Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
  • Genetics — Carrying a gene called HLA-B12 may make a patient more susceptible to Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Usually, the condition is an allergic reaction in response to medication, infection or illness. It can cause the top layer of skin to shed and die. Even if it doesn’t prove deadly, it’s extremely painful and can cause long-term health problems including blindness.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome requires immediate medical attention. The Mayo Clinic recommends that patients seek emergency medical care if they experience any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Unexplained widespread skin pain
  • Facial swelling
  • Blisters on your skin and mucous membranes
  • Hives
  • Tongue swelling
  • A red or purple skin rash that spreads
  • Shedding of your skin

If you or a loved one have suffered from the condition, you should consult with a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorney at Lopez McHugh to evaluate whether you have a claim.

See more information here:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stevens-johnson-syndrome/DS00940