ENGLAND — A man who thought he had a severe case of the flu was struck down with a rare medical condition which left him with “reptilian” scales and massive sores all over his body .
Kevin Mannion dismissed his flu-like symptoms and would not seek medical treatment despite pleas from his partner. A few days later Tanya Jackson, the 33-year-old’s fiancée woke up, looked over at Mannion, and to her surprise found his eyes and mouth fastened shut, and blisters across his body.
Mannion was immediately taken to Warrington Hospital in Cheshire, where the doctors diagnosed him with a rare disorder called Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
Mannion, spent a full month in the hospital.
Jackson expressed how horrific the incident was, by stating: “My heart broke at the sight of him. I never could have imagined a sore throat could be so dangerous. He looked horrific, he was trembling violently and blistered beyond recognition. His blisters began to bubble and he developed reptile-like scales on his back. His eyelids became so swollen and puffy they looked like lips.”
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare but serious disorder that affects the skin, mucous membrane, genitals and eyes.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is usually caused by an unpredictable adverse reaction to certain medications. It can also sometimes be caused by an infection.
The syndrome often begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a red or purple rash that spreads and forms blisters. The affected skin eventually dies and peels off.
Although Mannion has returned to work as a cinema attendant, he still suffers with a cough, scarring on his back, and a crackle in his left lung as a long-lasting effect of pneumonia caught while in the hospital.
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