Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome

Advanced Medicine and Personal Care

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?

The following are the most common symptoms of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. However, each individual experiences symptoms differently. The disease usually begins with a fever and redness of the skin. Then, a fluid-filled blister may form. This blister ruptures very easily, leaving an area of moist skin. Other symptoms may include the following:

  • crusted infection site, often around the nose or ears
  • red, painful areas around infection site
  • blistering
  • fever
  • chills
  • weakness
  • fluid loss
  • top layer of skin begins peeling off in sheets