Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a terrible disorder that many people have never even heard of until it affects their lives. While patients have a lot of unanswered questions about the disorder, doctors and health practitioners also have a lot. Since each case is different and many of the causes vary from person to person, I thought that it was time to post some real facts about Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS).
1. SJS is a severe allergic reaction to certain medications such as Motrin, Children’s Tylenol, Advil, Dilantin and various drugs used to treat bipolar disorders. SJS and TENS can be fatal for some people and cause permanent injuries to others.
2. TENS is a more severe form of SJS, even though the symptoms are the same.
3. Symptoms for both SJS and TENS include red or purplish rash that spreads, painful skin, blisters on the eyes, nose, mouth and genitals, pain in the eyes, your skin peeling off and flu-like symptoms.
4. Many people that are diagnosed with SJS or TENS often experience upper respiratory infections as its starting point. In fact, that is the case for at least half of the SJS cases reported.
5. ANY medication can cause SJS or TENS, even relatively harmless antibiotics… not just those mentioned here.
6. Six out of every million people on earth suffer from Stevens-Johnson syndrome each year.
7. SJS and TENS are more likely to prove fatal if you lose a lot of skin while suffering from with the disorder.
8. When the skin peels off of the body, it is much like being burned and can be just as painful.
9. Depending on the severity of your case, your insurance may not cover all of your treatment — especially if you develop TENS because of treatment for SJS. TENS can be lengthy and intense. Long-term disability insurance claims are denied regularly.
10. Some victims of SJS and TENS have not been properly informed of SJS risks in taking their medication and those people may be able to receive compensation from the drug manufacturers.
If you have been denied your disability insurance claim or if you feel that you may be entitled to compensation, contact me and my attorneys for a free consultation. We specialize in getting people like you the money that you may deserve.