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Alternative NamesRitter disease; Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSS)
Definition Return to top
Scalded skin syndrome is a skin infection in which the skin becomes damaged and sheds.
Causes Return to top
Scalded skin syndrome is caused by infection with certain strains of bacteria in the Staphylococcus family. During the infection, the staphylococci produce a poison that causes the skin damage.
Scalded skin syndrome is found most commonly in infants and children under the age of 5.
Symptoms Return to top
Exams and Tests Return to top
Treatment Return to top
Intravenous antibiotics for staphylococcus are given to help fight the infection. Because much fluid is lost through the open skin, it's important to get intravenous fluid to prevent dehydration.
Moist compresses to the skin may improve comfort. You can apply an emollient to keep the skin moist. Healing begins about 10 days after treatment.
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
The prognosis is usually excellent. A full recovery is expected.
Possible Complications Return to top
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your health care provider or go to the emergency room if you have symptoms of this disorder.
Prevention Return to top
The disorder may not be preventable. Treating any staphylococcus infection quickly can help.Update Date: 11/12/2007 Updated by: Rachel A. Lewis, M.D., F.A.A.P., Columbia University Pediatric Faculty Practice, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.