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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome skin disorder starts with flu symptoms

The rare, serious skin disorder called Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or SJS, often begins with flu symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic. But it turns into a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters, and can eventually cause the top layer of your skin to die and shed.

It’s considered a medical emergency that usually requires hospitalization, and may prove deadly. So it’s important to recognize the symptoms and seek help immediately.

The Mayo Clinic says the condition occurs when skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection.

Treatment focuses on eliminating the underlying cause, controlling symptoms and minimizing complication. SJS has been linked to various drugs, including painkillers, antibiotics, and drugs like Cymbalta and Clinoril. Recovery can take weeks to months, depending on the severity of the condition.

Signs and symptoms of SJS include:

  • Facial swelling
  • Tongue swelling
  • Hives
  • Skin pain
  • A red or purple skin rash that spreads within hours to days
  • Blisters on your skin and mucous membranes, especially in your mouth, nose and eyes
  • Shedding (sloughing) of your skin

If you have Stevens-Johnson syndrome, several days before the rash develops you may experience:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Burning eyes

The Mayo Clinic recommends you seek emergency medical care if you 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.

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