Scalded Skin Syndrome

Scalded Skin Syndrome Treatments

The first step in treating any disease is a proper diagnosis. Scalded skin syndrome is diagnosed with a biopsy and a bacterial culture. A biopsy involves looking at a piece of skin under a microscope, and a bacterial culture involves growing the bacteria in a Petri dish -- both methods are used to determine what's causing the medical condition [source: New Zealand Dermatological Society].

Once scalded skin syndrome has been diagnosed, treatment begins with an IV to help with fluid loss. Next, doctors employ topical treatments similar to those used on burn victims, and parenteral antibiotics -- medications given through IV -- are administered. Staphylococcus aureus is typically immune to penicillin, so patients receive different antibiotics [source: King]. Patients may have to spend several days in a hospital's burn unit, but with proper treatment, the condition should clear up in five to seven days. Fatal cases of scalded skin syndrome are very rare in children [source: Kim].

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