Top 10 Strangest Side Effects Antibiotics Can Give You

By The Captain May 28, 2021

Top 10 Strangest Side Effects Antibiotics Can Give You 1

Stevens-Johnson syndrome

Before we begin, let me point out that this condition is rarely encountered; however, its symptoms are so serious all of us should be aware of it.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or SJS, affects the mucous membranes and the skin; think of mucous membranes as an outer protective layer of internal organs such as the lungs, mouth, or throat.

Sometimes SJS can appear as a side effect of certain medication, antibiotics included. It’s difficult to detect it because it usually starts off as a flu, with sore throat or fever. Shortly afterwards, you may also experience the following:

  • Skin pain
  • Blisters
  • Painful rashes
  • Cough
  • Swelling of the tongue or face

What you can do: People with a weak immune system, those with autoimmune disorders or those with a family history of SJS have a higher risk of developing this reaction at some point. Make sure to mention these details to your doctor before starting any antibiotic treatment.

Call your doctor: If you start experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away. SJS is a life-threatening condition that may require immediate medical help.


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