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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome?

This is caused by toxins produced during infection by a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus and affects the skin. The skin blisters and peels off, leaving a red layer that looks like burned or scalded skin. Infants and children are at higher risk, including those with a weak immune system and presence of open wounds.

Symptoms related to staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

  • Blisters

  • Affected area of skin has stinging or tingling

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 scaly skin that flakes off?

  • Do you have skin ulcers (sores)?

  • Do you have blisters on your skin?

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

Treatment for staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

Treatment of this condition usually requires hospitalisation. Initially, antibiotics will often be injected into the vein. Treatment also involves wound care. Patients usually recover well with treatment.

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