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Even if Grey’s Anatomy is your favourite show on the planet, it’s possible that there are a millions of creepy and distressing medical conditions you’ve never heard of. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is one of themand trsut me, it’s not pretty.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a potentially life-threatening skin condition that results in skin cell death around the mouth and face. It is extremely painful. Importantly SJS is a severe immune system reaction that is triggered by drugs or infections. The cause of the reaction is unknown in almost 25 percent of cases. However it is said that certain genetic markers predispose a person to it.
Antibiotics are the most common drug that can cause SJS. Though in individual cases, no link between a specific day and SJS has yet been established. Infection can last from several days to several months. It is an extremely painful and uncomfortable period for the affected people. They are not even able to eat properly. As Redditor photosoflife puts it, "Just imagine everything from your mouth to your nostrils is a giant ulcer.
Photosoflife after being diagnosed back in 2011, suffered of SJS for over an entire month.
Because SJS causes skin cell death, this is how your mouth looks like after leaving it closed all night while asleep.
It is very difficult to eat everything during outbreaks, photosoflife said. He survived by holding a numbing mouthwash in his mouth for 30 minutes and then quickly gulping down a meal replacement shake. He also needs to take a few medicines of vitamin supplement to beat his SJS.
But staying positive, photosoflife says he doesn't let this bring him down. Even being disabled and surviving on permanent disability benefits because of SJS, he tries to live his life to the fullest. He says that because of SJS he now has a perspective and values life. A destructive condition is and the Medical science has yet to find a cure for it but the hope is not lost for people like photosoflife and other sufferers.