You must recognize these life-threatening skin rashes early and get the proper attention quickly. Call the doctor if your symptoms include any of the following:
Mouth sores - Any mouth sores that make it difficult to drink clear liquids
Red eyes - Any sudden onset of red, inflamed eyes, accompanied by a rash or other illness
Dizzinessor lightheadedness when standing
You should go to a hospital’s emergency department if you have any of the following symptoms:
Because all of these disorders are life threatening, home care is limited. Seeing the signs and symptoms early and going to a doctor right away are the only acceptable actions. If left without treatment, many of the people with any of these disorders may die. While getting to the doctor, the following care for symptoms can be started:
Mouth ulcers or sores
Each case and each disorder will need different follow-up care. The doctor responsible for your care while in the hospital will decide what sort of follow-up is best for you.
Prevention is often difficult, because few clear causes have been found for any of these diseases. A few general guidelines are suggested.
These disorders pose a serious risk for death if they do not get treated. Early treatment and care in a hospital or intensive care unit greatly increases the chance of survival.
Despite early treatment, 5-15% of people with PV will die. Delay in starting treatment makes death more likely. Many people require long-term steroid use to control the disease.
Those with SJS who receive treatment have a 90% chance of survival.
Toxic epidermal necrolysis:
Even with treatment, 30-50% of people with TEN have a very poor outlook and may die.
Toxic shock syndrome:
With medical treatment, 92-95% of people will recover.
Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome:
SSS has the most favorable chance of recovery. Only a small percentage of cases result in death.
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