Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis is a severe life threatening adverse reaction which can be triggered by almost any medication and in some instances viral infections.
Symptoms can include:
– Painful blistering of the skin and mucous membrane involvement.
– In many cases preceded with flu like symptoms and high fever.
– As it evolves the skin literally sloughs off.
– Ocular involvement includes severe conjunctivis, iritis, palpebral edema, conjunctival and corneal blisters and erosions, and corneal perforation.
Almost any DRUG can cause SJS/TEN, including over the counter drugs. SJS and TEN do not discriminate against anyone! Everyone should be aware of adverse drug reactions.
Educate before you medicate!
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