What does the start of SJS look like?

What does the start of SJS look like?

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is usually caused by an unpredictable adverse reaction to certain medications. It can also sometimes be caused by an infection. The syndrome often begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a red or purple rash that spreads and forms blisters. The affected skin eventually dies and peels off.

Can you have a mild case of Stevens-Johnson syndrome?

Skin and mucous membrane involvement initially can be mild or it can rapidly progress. Some individuals may have severe skin symptoms and mild mucosal involvement while others have mild skin involvement and severe mucosal symptoms.

What mimics Stevens-Johnson syndrome?

Vesiculo-bullous diseases such as pemphigus vulgaris, erosive lichen planus, and varicella zoster may mimic SJS.

How fast does SJS spread?

Within about 1 to 3 days, a red or purplish rash forms, and then the skin begins to blister and peel, leading to “raw” areas of skin that are painful. This often starts on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body.

Can amoxicillin cause Steven Johnson Syndrome?

There have also been several other previous reports linking amoxycillin and clavulanic acid to Stevens-Johnson syndrome. According to Naranjo Adverse Drug Reaction Probability Scale, amoxycillin and clavulanic acid induced SJS was possible in our patient (a score of 4).

How long does it take for Stevens-Johnson syndrome to show up?

If your case of SJS is caused by a drug, symptoms appear about one to three weeks after you start taking medication. The flu-like illness (fever, cough and headache, skin pain) is followed first by a rash and then peeling. In the case of TEN, some people even lose hair and nails.

How long does it take for Steven Johnson syndrome to go away?

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a medical emergency that usually requires hospitalization. Treatment focuses on removing the cause, caring for wounds, controlling pain and minimizing complications as skin regrows. It can take weeks to months to recover.

Is SJS an emergency?

SJS/TEN. Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a life-threatening skin condition that exists on a spectrum of severity. It begins with a prodrome of high-grade fever, flu like symptoms, skin tenderness and blistering.

What is the survival rate for Stevens-Johnson syndrome?

About 10 percent of people with Stevens-Johnson syndrome die from the disease, while the condition is fatal in up to 50 percent of those with toxic epidermal necrolysis.