Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
What is staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome?
Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome is a response to a staphylococcal infection and is characterized by peeling skin. The disease mostly affects infants, young children and individuals with a depressed immune system or renal insufficiency. The disease can be life threatening.
What are the symptoms of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome?
Each child experiences symptoms differently, but, in general, the disease usually begins with a fever and redness of the skin. After that, a fluid-filled blister may form. This blister ruptures easily, leaving an area of moist skin.
Other symptoms may include:
- crusted infection site, often around the nose or ears
- red, painful areas around infection site
- fluid loss
- top layer of skin that begins to peel off in sheets
After the top layer of skin has peeled off, the following symptoms may be present:
- fluid loss
In newborns, the lesions are often found in the diaper area or around the umbilical cord. Older children more commonly have the lesions on their arms, legs and trunk.
The symptoms of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.