What is Erythema Multiforme (EM)?

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What is Erythema Multiforme (EM)?

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• What is Erythema Multiforme Minor (EM Minor)? • What is Erythema Multiforme Major (EM Major)? • What is Exfoliative Dermatitis? • What other names does Stevens Johnson Syndrome go by? What is Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS)? Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), also referred to as EM-major, is an immune-complex-mediated hypersensitivity condition (serious skin reaction) that is typically caused as an adverse reaction to certain drugs, like Bextra. It can, in its most severe form, be fatal; eliciting fatal results in approximately 3% to 15% of sufferers. It commonly causes swelling of the mouth, throat, anogenital region, intestinal tract, and the lining of the eyelids. Stevens Johnson Syndrome is viewed to be a more severe type of erythema multiforme (hence the EM-major classification) and typically affects people over the age of 40; however, SJS cases have been reported in children as young as three months old. What are the symptoms of Stevens Johnson Syndrome? People with Stevens Johnson

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