Staphylococcal Syndrome in Children

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Overview

Characterized by peeling skin, staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome is a response to a staphylococcal infection.

  • The disease usually begins with a fever and redness of the skin, followed by the formation of a fluid-filled blister that ruptures easily. Eventually, the top layer of skin may begin to peel off in sheets.
  • Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome mostly affects infants, young children and individuals with a depressed immune system or renal insufficiency.
  • The disease can be life threatening.
  • Treatment usually requires hospitalization, often in the burn unit of the hospital.
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