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Promoting Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Awareness

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Health nurses at Integris Baptist Medical Center rewarded Darrilyn Smith, a teenager patient for having a positive attitude. Smith has been infected with the Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare and life threatening disease usually caused from a drug reaction.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome affects one in a million people each year. Symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome include: Hives; Blisters; Shedding of your skin; Swelling on your face; Red or purple skin rash; Swelling of your tongue; and Skin pain. Because the syndrome results in painful rashes and blisters, they are treated similar to how burns are treated.

Smith is currently a sophomore at Cheyenne High School. When the nurses learned Smith wanted to be a cheerleader this year, they asked for the Oklahoma City Thunder Dancers to visit Smith.

Smith has been able to stay positive with the support of her friends and family. By making this day special for Smith with the Oklahoma City Thunder Dancers visit, the health nurses at Integris Baptist Medical Center promoted the awareness of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.

Promoting the awareness of Stevens-Johnson syndrome is important because the disease may be deadly. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can be caused from over the counter drugs or prescription drugs.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can result in anxiety, serious pain and suffering. If you take any of the above mentioned medications, familiarize yourself with the symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.

If you or anyone you know has Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, you may want to contact the attorneys at Childers, Buck, and Schlueter to see how they can help protect your legal rights.