Podcast 661: Scalded Skin Syndrome - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 661: Scalded Skin Syndrome

Contributor:  Ricky Dhaliwal, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Primarily affects children <6 years old and adults with kidney disease
  • Caused by staph aureus releasing exotoxins that result in erythema and sloughing of the skin
  • Present with significant pain, dehydration and underlying staph infection
  • Treatment typically oxacillin/nafcillin with admission for wound care with petroleum gel and xeroform
  • Burn centers may be treatment centers of choice for this condition
  • Most patients recover in 2-3 days with treatment


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Jordan KS. Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome: A Pediatric Dermatological Emergency. Adv Emerg Nurs J. 2019 Apr/Jun;41(2):129-134. doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000235. PMID: 31033660.

Summarized by John Spartz, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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