Necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, is a fatal bacterial infection of the deeper layers of the skin and refers to tissue death. View more at #FactsPediaIn.
It destroys soft tissue and can harm both the muscles and the skin and can also cause the fatal toxic shock syndrome (TSS) [ and occurs in a broad range of people and can be contracted in various ways.
How bacteria attacks:
Hungriest Bacteria Ever
Necrotizing fasciitis is an infection that effects the soft tissue of the body like muscle and skin. And when it starts to spread it’s almost certain death if not treated immediately. These are the faces eaten alive by bacteria. The term is literally translated as “causing death to tissue”.
To the Bone
It will essentially eat to the bone, and sometimes it even consumes cartilage depending on the strain. Typicallyy it is treated by removing the area effected and more to try and beat the bacteria to the flesh it so desires. It feeds on the fat cells and proteins found in skin and muscle and it doesn’t discriminate.
The infections are usually caused by bacteria in the group A Streptococcus classification. It is related to the same types of bacteria hospitals struggle to keep out known as MRSA.
Come from the Water
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Some steps to cure:
It is usually contracted near lakes or shallow beaches where it can thrive if the climate is right. There have been cases where people were simply fishing and water splashed onto their face, into a sore and it was essentially over at that point.
A few ways to decrease the risk of catching Necrotizing fasciitis are to always wash wounds and small openings of the skin with antibiotic substance and cover ones mouth whilst coughing or sneezing and generally avoid contact with people who show symptoms of sore throat.
The symptoms appear in different stages, with the earliest usually appearing during the first 24 hours. Necrotizing fasciitis
The symptoms develop quickly throughout the body and can evolve into a critical stage in a short period of time. The first thing that people usually detect is a pain in the area where the wound is located. The pain gradually increases and the tissue becomes swollen and the color of the skin might change. This is followed by flu-like symptoms such as increased body temperature, nausea, faintness and diarrhea. The body also becomes gradually more dehydrated and the person experiences an increased thirst.
These symptoms usually appear within a couple of days and include signs of shock, a drop in blood pressure which makes people seem delusional or difficulties breathing.
When the body has hosted the bacteria for several days it starts to shut down. The body experiences a ‘toxic shock’ which makes the bodies blood pressure drop dramatically, and can cause unconsciousness and multi-organ failure.
Patiens who show symptoms of Necrotizing fasciitis are to be taken to the hospital immediately. The mortality rate of people who do not get treated has been measured to be as high as 25 %. The first step to treat this is to perform surgical debridement, removal of the infected tissue in order to prevent further spreading. The patient must also be treated with antibiotics immediately to stop the spreading of the disease. A diagnosis at an early stage is crucial for the patients health and can make a substantial impact but doctors often fail to recognize the disease since the symptoms are very similar to those of flue. There are several ways to diagnose and detect the disease but x-rays and surgical biopsies are rarely conducted in connection to flue-symptoms.
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