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What is staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome?

This condition is caused by toxins produced during an infection by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, which affects the skin. The skin blisters and peels off, revealing a red layer that looks like burned or scalded skin. Infants and children, especially those with weak immune systems, are at higher risk.

Symptoms of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Fever

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

  • Decreased responsiveness/expressiveness

  • Blisters

  • Affected area of skin has stinging or tingling

  • Skin problem on the face

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

  • Do you have flaky, scaly skin?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have skin sores?

  • Do you have skin blisters?

  • Do you feel any pain or tingling in the affected skin areas?

Treatment for staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

Treatment usually requires hospitalization. At first, antibiotics are often injected into the vein. Meticulous wound care is also part of the treatment, sometimes done in a burn unit or ward of the hospital. Patients generally recover well with treatment and without scarring.

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References

  • Ross A, Shoff HW. Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome. 2021 Nov 17. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–. PMID: 28846262.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK448135/

  • Handler MZ, Schwartz RA. Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome: diagnosis and management in children and adults. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2014 Nov;28(11):1418-23. doi: 10.1111/jdv.12541. Epub 2014 May 20. PMID: 24841497.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jdv.12541

  • Brazel M, Desai A, Are A, Motaparthi K. Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome and Bullous Impetigo. Medicina (Kaunas). 2021 Oct 24;57(11):1157. doi: 10.3390/medicina57111157. PMID: 34833375; PMCID: PMC8623226.

    https://www.mdpi.com/1648-9144/57/11/1157

  • Liy-Wong C, Pope E, Weinstein M, Lara-Corrales I. Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome: An epidemiological and clinical review of 84 cases. Pediatr Dermatol. 2021 Jan;38(1):149-153. doi: 10.1111/pde.14470. Epub 2020 Dec 1. PMID: 33283348.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pde.14470

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Saqib Baig, MD, MS

Saqib Baig, MD, MS (Respiratory medicine, Critical Care, Internal medicine)

Dr. Baig graduated from Army Medical College (NUST) Pakistan in 2007. He did his internal medicine training from Baltimore, Maryland, USA during the years 2009-2013. He joined the internal medicine faculty practice at Medical College of Wisconsin in USA for 2 years before pursuing advanced training. He completed his pulmonary disease and critical care medicine fellowship from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 2015-2018. | | During his fellowship, Dr. Baig completed his master's in health care services management through Rutgers Business School. He currently serves as the medical director of respiratory therapy and pulmonary function lab and the clinical director of the COPD program at the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. He holds the Assistant Professor of Medicine rank at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Baig's interests lie in respiratory physiology, airways disease, and data science.

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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