According to the Mayo Clinic, you may not have time to prepare for a doctor visit before seeking treatment for Stevens Johnson Syndrome.
The condition is usually an allergic reaction in response to medication, infection or illness, and can cause the top layer of skin to shed and die.
It’s considered a medical emergency, and you should call 911 or go to an emergency room if you have signs and symptoms.
But if you do have time before you go, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you:
Put all the medications you’re taking in a plastic bag, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs. This may help your doctor figure out what triggered Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
Ask a family member or friend to come along, if they’re available immediately. Someone who knows you well can help inform the medical staff of your medical history and can help take in information about your current illness.
The emergency room doctor will probably ask you about your other medical conditions and whether you’ve recently experienced a flu-like illness. If possible, give that some thought on your way to the hospital and share important information with anyone who is accompanying you to the emergency room.
It might help to keep a running list of questions about Stevens Johnson Syndrome that you may have for your doctor while you’re in the hospital.
Those questions may include:
- What is the likely cause of my condition?
- How do I keep from having this reaction again?
- What restrictions do I need to follow?
- I have other medical conditions. How do I manage them together?
- How long will it take my skin to heal?
- Am I likely to have any permanent damage?
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.
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