Life Threatening Skin Rash series – Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is rare but life threatening, caused by bacterial toxins from staphylococcus aureus. Toxic Shock Syndrome commonly affects teens and young adults, from age 15 to 35 and majority, female. What Causes Toxic Shock Syndrome? Toxic Shock Syndrome is due the bacterial infection via the skin, vagina or pharynx into the bloodstream. While it is […]

Life Threatening Skin Rash series – Stevens Johnson Syndrome

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a rare, severe disorder that causes pain, red/purplish skin, blisters and shedding of skin. It can be drug-induced or due to infection. It is a medical emergency and takes from weeks to months to recover. It is more common in adults or older people and men who use more of the […]

Life Threatening Skin Rash series – Pemphigus Vulgaris

Pemphigus Vulgaris (PV) is a rare, auto-immune disease that mistakes skin cells and mucous membranes as foreign matters and attacks them. This results in blisters and sores of the skin and the mucous membranes. It is more common in middle-aged and older people. PV is not infectious. What Causes Pemphigus Vulgaris? Pemphigus vulgaris is caused by […]

Life Threatening Skin Rash series – Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome

Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) is one skin rash that affects children (newborn to 5 years old), caused by infection from certain strains of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The bacteria produces toxins (epidermolytic toxins A and B) that bind to a molecule within the part of skin cell (demosomes) that adhere skin cells together. The damaged desmosome cannot […]

Common Summer Skin Rashes in Kids Series: Insect Bites

This is a 3-week series focused on Common Summer Skin Rashes in Kids, timely for those who are enjoying summer (Singapore is summer all year round, but many of you in US, UK and Canada are going through summer). While summer is a fun time for outdoor activities, there are certain rash that are more common […]

Common Summer Skin Rashes in Kids Series: Heat Rash

This is a 3-week series focused on Common Summer Skin Rashes in Kids, timely for those who are enjoying summer (Singapore is summer all year round, but many of you in US, UK and Canada are going through summer). While summer is a fun time for outdoor activities, there are certain rash that are more common […]

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