As we have previously discussed in the proceeding pages, the medical condition of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a painful, devastating, and potentially life-threatening disease that can claims the lives of 100,000 people every year. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the existence of this silent killer, although most medical experts believe that a better of understanding of this disease could help save thousands of lives. These SJS facts and stats should help provide a greater understanding of this dangerous disease.
- Most cases of SJS are caused by drug reactions
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome devastes or kills over 100,000 people a year
- The most common drugs linked to SJS are Bextra, Celebrex, Vioxx, Daypro, Ibuprofen, Bactrim, Sepra and other antibiotics.
- If skin lesions cover more than 30% of the body, doctors usually term it Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome (TENS)
- Other common causes include herpes simplex, the flu, mumps, and the Epstein-Barr virus. Ginseng has also been linked to SJS in some cases.
- The initial symptoms of SJS are fever, skin irritation, general ill feeling, followed by blisters and lesions. Experts speculate that some of the fatalities caused by SJS could be prevented if the signs were recognized early enough.
SJS is without doubt one of the most painful skin conditions imaginable. Victims of this terrible disease often have to seek out treatment in burn injury centers because the disease often causes the same types of injuries. TENS and SJS are particularly dangerous because blisters and lesions can become infected and cause severe damage to an already compromised system.
If you or someone you know developed SJS or TENS due to an allergic reaction caused by a medication, you may be entitled to take legal action against those responsible. You could be compensated for your pain and suffering, but you need to act quickly. Contact our Law Firm today.