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Here is a quick mnemonic “SCALDED to remember about Staphylococcal Scalded-Skin Syndrome Rash

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Staphylococcal Scalded-Skin Syndrome Rash : How To Remember Easily ?

  • S – Staphylococcal scalded-skin syndrome: A condition caused by S. aureus, phage group II, characterized by diffuse tender erythema, often with bullae and desquamation; Nikolsky’s sign.

  • C – Colonization with toxin-producing S. aureus: This occurs in children <10 years old (termed Ritter’s disease in neonates) or adults with renal dysfunction.

  • A – Adults and children affected: Staphylococcal scalded-skin syndrome primarily affects children under 10 years old or adults with renal dysfunction.

  • L – Lesions and bullae: The syndrome presents with diffuse tender erythema and the formation of bullae, leading to desquamation.

  • D – Desquamation and discomfort: Desquamation, or peeling of the skin, is a characteristic feature of Staphylococcal scalded-skin syndrome, accompanied by significant discomfort.

  • E – Erythema and exfoliation: The affected skin displays diffuse tender erythema and exfoliation due to the syndrome.

  • D – Disease presentation: Symptoms of Staphylococcal scalded-skin syndrome include irritability, nasal or conjunctival secretions.


Mnemonic : SCALDED

Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department