Lyell's skin disease

Lyell's skin disease


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Lyell's skin disease. Blistering of skin on the back of a patient with Lyell's disease. This is an infection with Staphylococcus bacteria that causes a reaction, resulting in what looks like scalded skin, giving the disease its other name: scalded skin syndrome. The bacteria produce a toxin in the skin, resulting in extensive skin erythema (reddening) and blistering. The upper skin layers are shed. Recovery can be speeded with the use of antibiotic drugs. Photographed in Africa.

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