Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a serious condition that affects the skin, genitals, eyes, and mucous membranes. While it is rare, it is highly important to be on the lookout for symptoms so that you can intervene as soon as they rear their head.
The mucous membrane is, of course, the layer of tissue lining the digestive system. This travels all the way from the mouth to the anus and can also be found inside the genital tract and even the eyeballs. This layer produces a sticky substance known as mucus, which can act as a lubricant and help to drive out unwanted infection.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome results from an adverse reaction to medications or infection and can cause a number of serious symptoms that may take months to heal. It is considered a medical emergency, requiring a hospital stay, and should be treated right away.
To ensure that you get the help you need should symptoms arise, read on to learn 8 of the most common signs of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
1. Tiredness, Lethargy
The first sign of Stevens-Johnson’s syndrome is the appearance of flu-like symptoms. These include such things as tiredness, achiness, lethargy, and a general feeling of being ‘unwell’. Flu-like symptoms are commonly associated with a wide range of conditions, infections, and other issues – not only flu!
Normally, however, the experience of flu symptoms will only last for the first stage of the condition and will subside after just a few days. You might also notice that you get a cough.
These symptoms are in part the result of the body’s immune system going into overdrive and attempting to force out the infection or toxins. This results in swelling, joint pain (caused by the inflammation), tiredness (as energy is redirected elsewhere) and more.
It’s important to rest during this stage and to see what develops from the initial symptoms.