August 2012: Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Awareness MonthWHEREAS, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a debilitating, often life-threatening, skin disorder in which skin cell death causes painful rashes that spread, blister and eventually cause the top layer of skin to shed; and,
WHEREAS, the exact cause of SJS cannot always be identified; however, this disorder typically occurs as the result of a severe adverse reaction to illness, infection or especially, medication, both over the counter and prescription; and,
WHEREAS, initial symptoms of SJS are flu-like, however other symptoms include tongue and facial swelling, hives, sore throat and burning eyes; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of SJS in Michigan, urging citizens of all ages to learn more about this disorder, and to recognize and pay attention to symptoms related to SJS in order to immediately seek medical aid;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 2012 as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Awareness Month in Michigan.