A 28-year-old man from the United Kingdom developed a potentially lethal skin condition and was in a coma for nine days after developing a rare condition possibly triggered by the over-the-counter drug ibuprofen, The Chronicle reported.
Last May, Jason Ryan developed flu-like symptoms, a blistering rash over his legs and back, and tennis ball-sized blisters on his feet. At the time, he was taking ibuprofen every four hours and had never experienced a bad reaction to the drug in the past.
After going to the hospital, he was diagnosed with Steven-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a rare but potentially fatal condition that starts with a burning rash on the face and torso. Ibuprofen has been identified as a possible cause for the severe reaction.
Ryan eventually woke up from the coma and is weak but recovering – however, the syndrome could still return. SJS affects two people in a million but can be fatal if left untreated.