Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

What is Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome?

A rare staphylococcal toxemia caused by epidermolytic toxins of Staphylococcus aureus and characterized by the appearance of widespread erythematous patches, on which large blisters develop. Upon rupture of these blisters, the skin appears reddish and scalded. The lesions typically begin in the face and rapidly expand to other parts of the body. The disease may be complicated by pneumonia and sepsis. It most commonly affects newborns and infants.

Other condition names

  • Generalized exfoliative disease
  • SSSS

Age of Onset

  • All ages
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