Know the signs
Recognition of the early symptoms of SJS/TEN, accurate diagnosis and prompt medical attention are the most invaluable tools in minimising the possible long-term effects.
Initial symptoms may be non-specific in nature and may include:
- Flu-like symptoms
Further symptoms may follow and may involve:
- Mucous membranes – blisters to the mouth, eyes, ears, nose, genital area
- Swelling of eyelids and itchy, red eyes
- Blistering rash to variable percentage of the body
If it is suspected that the reaction is due to a drug, the symptoms can take one or two weeks to manifest from the first time the patient takes the drug. Always contact your doctor before deciding to stop a drug.