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Old 01-01-2014, 09:02 PM
 
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If you suddenly start noticing dry skin, get to a doctor (not a dermatologist) immediately. My dry skin did not heal for weeks after 6 doctors looked at me. First it was eczema but not one caught that I was on new medication and my face was swollen. Fast forward to a few days ago and I basically passed out while talking to my mom's friend and went into a grand mal seizure. Woke up to my brother begging me not to go, my dad frantic with 911, my sister in law comforting my nieces and my mom visibly upset.

Cause = allergic reaction to medication

What is Stevens Johnson Syndrome?

Painful, not easily identified and potentially deadly.

Recovering now.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:54 PM
 
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I am glad you are recovering. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a medical emergency and can be fatal. But I have to disagree with your recommendation to not see a dermatologist. Dermatologists are well trained in SJS and some of the first to diagnose it. Early diagnosis is key however and I'm afraid yours had progressed quite a bit before it was treated. Any skin change should be evaluated by a dermatologist as soon as possible.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:58 PM
 
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You are lucky you survived it, I know someone who died from it.
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