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Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a life-threatening skin disorder characterized by blistering and peeling. Drug reactions, such as antibiotics or anticonvulsants, can cause this disorder.

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Signs & symptoms

The skin peels in sheets as a result of toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Fluids and salts ooze from raw, damaged areas due to the loss of skin. It is easy for these areas to become infected.
Symptoms of toxic epidermal necrolysis may be similar to those of other skin conditions.
It is a life-threatening condition. Talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis if you are suspicious.


In order to diagnose you, your doctor will ask about the drugs you have been taking and examine your body and skin.


In most cases, the disease progresses within three days. Hospitalization, often in a burn unit, is usually part of the treatment. The medicine is discontinued if it causes a skin reaction.

Fluids and electrolytes administered intravenously (IV)

Treatment with antibiotics

Immunoglobulin G infused intravenously

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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