Contributor: Ricky Dhaliwal, MD
- 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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Summarized by John Spartz, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD
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