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Necrotizing Fasciitis

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About

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Necrotizing Fasciitis is a flesh-eating bacterial skin disease that causes the death of the soft tissue cells of the body.

Causes

This is a serious condition that can be caused by different kinds of flesh-eating bacteria. Group A Strep, Klebsiella, Clostridium, and Escherichia coli are only a few types of bacteria that can cause necrotizing fasciitis, with the most common being Group A Strep.

Risk Factors

Necrotizing Fasciitis is not often spread from one person to another, however, those who have a weakened immune system due to certain health problems are more at risk for contracting this disease. A wound that is not properly cared for is at risk for necrotizing fasciitis as it most often enters the body through an open wound, cut or scrape.

Symptoms

The onset of the symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis happen fairly quickly after an injury. A feeling of pain or sore muscles is a symptom of necrotizing fasciitis, as well as red or purple swelling of the skin. Blisters, ulcers, and black spots may be present on the skin and fever, the chills, being overly tired or throwing up are also symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis.

*Source:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Treatment

Treatment

If the symptoms are present, a doctor should be seen as soon as possible to determine the best course of treatment.

Prevention

Good health and hygiene, a strong immune system and proper wound care will ensure your chances of getting necrotizing fasciitis are extremely low.

*Source:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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