Ibuprofen linked to severe skin reactions after man was left in a coma for nine days
A father from Washington, North East, was in a coma for nine days after taking ibuprofen to treat cold and flu symptoms.
An employee of Nissan, 28 year old Jason Ryan was working at one of the factories production lines when he took ibuprofen to treat the symptoms of his cold. Within hours he was taken to hospital by his wife and diagnosed with a condition known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a rare condition that causes the epidermis (out layers of the skin) to separate from the dermis (tissue layer of skin).
Stevens Johnson Syndrome was first discovered in 1922 but recent statistics show that there are only between 2-3 cases diagnosed per million people in Europe. It is usually linked to some form of medication and the recent case of Mr Ryan has highlighted that this can be over-the-counter, readily available products that anyone of age can purchase from their local chemist.
Roberts Jackson has come across numerous products and chemicals over the last couple of years that have caused severe reactions. Read our other article here- Chemical Methylisothiazolinone in everyday health products known to cause skin allergies. It appears these types of cases are becoming more frequent with the large amount of chemical cocktails and lab manipulation that large pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies are practicing.
We would urge people using products they are unsure about to always check labels for substances they may be allergic to and if in doubt ask your GP or avoid use all together. We recognize that in this unfortunate event Mr Ryan had no control over his reaction however some people are not able to avoid substances especially if it is part of their job. Common cases we run at the firm include cleaners working with bleaches, builders mixing cement and hairdressers using chemical straighteners or dyes.
Mr Ryan and his wife are now on the long road to recovery and we wish them all the best in returning to their normal way of life.
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