It is important to unerstand that SJS or Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a deadly and potentially fatal skin condition that causes painful lesions and blisters across the body. Doctors are at a loss to adequately explain the mechanism that causes the condition, but most physicians believe that an outside variable such as a disease or drug causes an allergic reaction in the blood vessels or mucus membranes under the skin. SJS is sometimes considered the middle form of a family of conditions that includes Erythema Multiforme, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome, or TENS, is often considered an extreme form of Stevens Johnson Syndrome. The lesions of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis spread rapidly over the body, usually between three and five days, and in extreme cases the lesions extend to the genitals, eyes, and internal organs. Furthermore, while SJS can cause severe blistering, TENS can actually cause the skin to slough off or shed in large chunks. This occurs because the mucous membranes under the skin react violently in people who have allergies to certain drugs such as Bextra, Celebrex, Daypro, or Advil. TENS is potentially fatal, and some estimates put the fatality rate at 40%.
Some doctors consider Erythema Multiforme a less severe form of Stevens Johnson Syndrome. Erythema Multiforme begins much the same way as SJS, but the skin lesions are not as severe as other forms of the disease. Treatment for EM usually involves moist compresses on the skin lesions, antihistamines to reduce irritation and itching, moderate over-the-counter pain relievers, and topical anesthetics to help eliminate pain from lesions inside the mouth that can interfere with eating.
If you or someone you love developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome, Erythema Multiforme, or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis due to the devastating effects of Bextra, Celebrex, Daypro, or any other drug, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your pain and suffering. Consult a lawyer as soon as possible, for the statute of limitations in your state could end your case before it has a chance to begin. Don't allow drug makers to endanger your health. Contact our Law Firm today.