‘Below Deck’s’ Kyle Viljoen Details ‘Traumatic’ Health Scare & ‘Painful’ Hospitalization

“Below Deck” star Kyle Viljoen is on the mend after a terrifying health scare. The Bravo alum shared the alarming news on Instagram on Oct. 1 and updated fans on how he is feeling now. “After starting a new medication I begin to feel generally unwell. Little did I know the battle I was going to face was the most painful and traumatic bodily experience of my life. Monday started with throat pain like none other. Spread to my mouth, lips, hands, and feet. Having gone to the walk-in clinic & diagnosed with hand-foot-mouth disease they sent me on my way. Wednesday-Thursday I suffered from worsening blisters, inability to tolerate swallowing, tongue swelling, and change in vision. Friday there was still no sign of relief. Zachary rushed me to NYU ER,” he wrote. Kyle detailed his trip to the hospital, revealing that he was rushed into an exam room and seen by over 20 doctors before being diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. “Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a rare, serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. Treated as a medical emergency requiring hospitalization. Usually a reaction to certain medications that starts with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful rash that spreads with bursting and oozing blisters. Then the top layer of affected skin dies & sheds. Treated with intensive IVIG transfusions and medical treatment,” he added. He concluded the post by reflecting on the wisdom he’s gained from the harrowing ordeal. “With an impeccable medical staff, a loving fiancé, and support of friends and family I am working towards making a full recovery. Having eaten my first meal in 7 days and finding that coconut milk helps with mouth blisters, I am over the moon with optimism and hope. A few things I’ve learned from this experience. One, advocate for your health and treat your body seriously. If something doesn’t feel right seek treatment. Two, family and a support system is EVERYTHING. Without them, I’m not sure where I’d be. And three, try to always get through rough times with lots of love and even more laughs (even when they hurt),” he shared.