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Staphylococcal Syndrome

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    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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