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Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a severe skin reaction. The cause of SJS is often a medication you have taken in the last two months. Other leading causes of SJS are infections such as pneumonia or herpes. One of the primary symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome is the presence of blisters. The infection can spread to the mucous membranes, as well, which means those same blisters can form inside your body, making eating and drinking painful. If left untreated, Stevens-Johnson syndrome can spread to your organs. Keep reading to learn more about SJS.

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1. Symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Early on, you may have flu-like symptoms such as low-grade fever and headache. As the syndrome progresses, you might experience

• red, watery, and painful eyes • discolored areas of skin that appear burned or raw • blisters on the skin that eventually scab over and peel off

The bumps can appear on the nose, mouth, or genitals. All of these symptoms are dangerous. If you have any of them, please seek medical attention right away.

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