Family caught off guard: Rare syndrome sparked by antibiotics

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A West Michigan family is sharing their story to raise awareness about a rare syndrome many don’t know too much about. They didn’t either when it blindsided their family.

FOX17Online says a loved one was suffering from what they thought was flu-like symptoms from a bug bite, when sadly it turned out to be much worse.

The disease is called Stevens Johnson Syndrome or SJS. It’s an extremely rare disease that is most commonly caused by antibiotics like penicillin or Bactrim. It impacts less than 1 percent of the people who use them each year.

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