Life-Threatening Skin Rashes (cont.)
What Is the Prognosis for Life-Threatening Skin Rashes?
These disorders pose a serious risk for death if they do not get treated. Early treatment and care in a hospital or intensive-care unit greatly increases the chance of survival.
- Pemphigus vulgaris: Despite early treatment, some people with PV will die. Delay in starting treatment makes death more likely. Many people require long-term steroid use to control the disease.
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome: Those with SJS who receive treatment have a high chance of survival.
- Toxic epidermal necrolysis: Even with treatment, a large percent of people with TEN have a very poor outlook and may die.
- Toxic shock syndrome: With medical treatment, most people will recover.
- The outlook for Rocky Mountain spotted fever currently is a 5%-10% fatality rate.
- Meningococcemia has a 10%-14% fatality rate.
- Necrotizing fasciitis can have a fatality rate as high as 7%-12% in modern medical settings and leave patients with significantly deformed extremities.
Borras-Blasco, J., A. Navarro-Ruiz, C. Borras, et al. "Adverse cutaneous reactions associated with the newest antiretroviral drugs in patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection." J Antimicrob Chemother. 62 (2008): 879-888.
Calabrese, J.R., J.R. Sullivan, C.L. Bowden, et al. "Rash in multicenter trials of lamotrigene in mood disorder: clinical relevance and management." J Clin Psychiatry. 63 (2002): 1012-1019.
Chung, Wen-Hung, Chuang-Wei Wang, and Ro-Lan Dao. "Severe cutaneous adverse drug reactions." Journal of Dermatology 2016: 1-9.
Gregoriou, Stamatis, et al. "Management of pemphigus vulgaris: challenges and solutions."Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 21 October 2015.
Morantz, C. "CDC releases guidelines for treating adverse reactions to smallpox vaccination." Am Fam Physician. 67 (2003): 1827-1834.
Rotunda, A., R.J. Hirsch, N. Scheinfeld, et al. "Severe cutaneous reactions associated with the use of human immunodeficiency virus medications." Acta Derm Venereol. 83 (2003): 1-9.
Shaikh, Nissar, et al. "Clinical presentations and outcomes of necrotizing fasciitis in males and females over a 13-year period." Annals of Medicine and Surgery 4 (2015): 355-360.
Takada, Shimon, et al. "Meningococcemia in Adults: A Review of the Literature." Intern Med 55 (2016): 567-572.
United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Smallpox fact sheet - information for clinicians: adverse reactions following smallpox vaccination." 2008. <http://www.bt.cdc.gov>.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/20/2016
Must Read Articles Related to Life-Threatening Skin Rashes
Necrotizing fasciitis is a disease caused by flesh-eating bacteria. Symptoms and signs include pain, localized redness, warmth, and swelling, along with possibl...learn more >>
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a tick-borne disease. A bite from a tick infected by the Rickettsia rickettsi bacteria causes symptoms and signs that include na...learn more >>
Skin Rashes in Children
Skin rashes in children may be categorized as bacterial, viral, life-threatening, fungal, and parasitic rashes. Oftentimes, the associated symptoms help establi...learn more >>
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Life-Threatening Skin Rashes: