stands for Stevens Johnson Syndrome. SJS is an allergic reaction to medicine.
Like a knight in shining armor, our
immune system stands guard to protect us against infections and viruses. It
helps fight off any invaders that might make us sick. When a person has Stevens
Johnson Syndrome their immune system for some reason makes a mistake and turns
on itself like a fire breathing dragon causing blisters like a burn. Our immune system is unable to stop this
SJS patients feel very sick and they stay in the
hospital until they are well enough to go back home. They are wrapped in
bandages like a mummy and given special formula in a feeding tube. Sometimes
they need help breathing so they have to use a machine to help them breathe better
Educate before you Medicate!
What are the signs of SJS?
Rash, blisters, or red splotches on
Long lasting fever
Blisters in mouth, eyes, ears, and
Swelling of eyelids
feeling like you have the Flu
being on a new medicine
Alopecia- loss of hair
Asthma- trouble breathing
Blindness- unable to see anything
but light and color