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A baby with a sudden blistering and erythematous skin eruption

Andrew Lee, Gayle Fischer



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Article Extract

Case presentation

A 10-month-old boy presents with an erythematous eruption that involves his whole skin but is accentuated in the flexures (Figure 1) as well as in the periocular and perioral skin. The eruption was of sudden onset, commencing 24 hours ago, and the child has become increasingly irritable, febrile and unwell. A number of superficial blisters and erosions are noted. His conjunctivae and oral mucosa are normal.