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Could it be SJS?

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  • Posted By: Yolanda
  • January 26, 2007
  • 03:37 AM

I took a Bactrim DS at 4am, by 6am I had a very bad itch on my right arm. At around 10 am I was throwing up , had a headache, chills and hot flashes, unable to breathe and had reddened patches all over my body. I went to the ER and was given a shot of Benadryl and prescriptions for Prednisone and Amoxicillin. The doctor there told me that I was going to be transferred to the hospital for further evaluation. About an hour later the same doctor told me that I was stable and could go home. Once home, the reddened patches started looking like burns and my entire body was hot inside and I was SOB. I called 911 and was transferred to a hospital where the physician on duty told me that I had positive signs for SJS and I was then transferred to a burn center ICU. I was given an IV of Lactated Ringers ( 2 liters). They were uncertain of my diagnosis of SJS. Dermatology looked at the areas on my body and concluded that it was a fixed drug reaction. I was discharged for the ICU to home with instructions to follow up with my PCP. I had no medications and was never told what I could or could not take. I need help. What can I do?

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