Who can get SJS/TENS ?

Any age group can be affected by SJS/TEN. However it has been highlighted that older people are potentially more at risk as they are more likely to use drugs associated with the disease.

Although it is difficult to clearly ascertain specific risk groups, with advances in genetic research it has become evident that people from a specific ethnic background that have a certain gene type, may be at a higher risk when treated with some of the medications mentioned above.

Screening for these genes among specific populations before commencing medications, may help to prevent SJS/TEN.