Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

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Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

Synonyms: Generalized exfoliative disease | SSSS

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.

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