While medications are the most commonly known cause of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, they are not the only one linked to the painful and debilitating condition. It has been proven that some infections may also cause SJS and TENS.
Some infections that are known to cause SJS and TENS include herpes (simplex or zoster), influenza, diphtheria, typhoid and hepatitis. According to the Mayo Clinic, you can also develop SJS after receiving treatment like radiation therapy and ultraviolet light as well as physical stimuli. These causes aren’t as well-known as the medication triggers because they are not often reported as the singular cause. Generally, if reports show a patient has developed SJS while suffering from an infection, the condition is linked to the medication that is used to treat it and not the infection itself.
It is often ignored just how unpredictable Stevens-Johnson syndrome is. The worst part is that there are currently no tests that can fully predict just who is likely to get it, and how or why. However, there are some factors that can make developing SJS more likely. Some of those causes include the patient having a pre-existing condition such as a viral infection, an autoimmune disease, HIV or systemic lupus erythematosus, which is a chronic inflammatory disease.
Another potential cause of Stevens-Johnson syndrome that isn’t related to medications is genetics. Studies have shown that people who carry a gene called HLA-B12 could be more likely to develop SJS or TENS. People should know that while SJS is unpredictable, many causes can increase your risk of developing this deadly disease.
If you or someone you love develops SJS, you should contact SJS lawyer Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting SJS lawsuits and may be able to help you find out just what caused your condition so that you can recover money for your injuries.