Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) is a serious skin infection. The infection causes peeling skin over large parts of the body. It looks like the skin has been scalded or burned by hot liquid. It’s more common in the summer and fall.
It’s usually caused by an infection with a type of Staphylococcal aureus bacteria. The bacteria release poison (toxins) that cause the skin to blister and peel.
It can occur at any age, but children under 5 years of age are at highest risk. Other risk factors include:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each patient. They can include:
The symptoms of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome can be like other health conditions. Make sure you or your child sees a healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your physician will ask about you or your child’s symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be given and tests, such as:
Your physician will figure out the best treatment plan for you or your child based on:
You or your child will likely need to be treated in the hospital and may be in the burn unit; this is because the treatment is similar to treating a patient with burns. Or you or your child may be treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). Treatment may include: