Symptoms to Watch
It is important for those that suspect SJS to be mindful to the first SJS symptoms. The initial sympoms of SJS will usually begin with skin lesions that can start in a number of locations on the body. These lesions may first appear as small nodules, or shaped in symmetrical pale and red concentric rings that can resemble a target or an iris. These small nodules can develop into large or small blisters on the extremities, and can spread from the legs, arms, palms, hands, and feet to the face, lips and genitals. In most cases the SJS symptoms usually avoid the middle or trunk section as they unite along the rest of the body. The other most common SJS Symptoms include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Mouth sores
- Joint pain
- Dry, bloodshot eyes
- Vision problems
- Eye pain, itching, burning, and discharge
In the advanced stages of SJS, most of the victims suffering from SJS will "shed" their skin as the disease ravages their underlying mucous membranes. In some extreme cases of SJS the patient will suffer eye tissue damage. SJS can also cause blindness or in some cases spread to internal organs such as the lungs, heart, kidney, and liver. Other times the blisters can spread through the vaginal area, and cause some victims to lose their fingernails and hair.
It is important to understand that the success of SJS treatment will require an early diagnosis and prompt medical attention. Thus if you suspect this condition you will need to push your treating medical provider to determine if in fact you are suffering from this condition. Unfortunately, many people confuse early stage SJS with the flu or a skin rash, and thus do not seek the medical help they need. Conventional SJS treatment uses many of the same techniques to treat severe burns. Mild SJS requires simple moist compresses, antihistamines, over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers, and topical anesthetics for rashes or mouth lesions. Severe SJS can require corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, antibiotics to control infections, and hospitalization in burn treatment facilities.
The condition of Stevens Johnson Syndrome is a serious and potentially life-threatening side effect of many commonly used medications. If you or someone you love developed this dangerous condition, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Let a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney help you get the restitution you deserve. Don't suffer in silence. Make the first step, and contact our office today.