This article will help you understand a little more about the very frightening flesh eating disease. Protect against flesh eating disease by making sure you wash your hands thoroughly several times per day.
Also known as Necrotizing Fasciitis, this very rare (but serious) type if skin infection is caused by a number of different types of bacteria. It just depends on what the person who gets it is susceptible to at the time they get it.
One of the types of bacteria that cause this type of infection is the same type of bacteria that cause strep throat. It enters the body through cuts, scrapes, burns and even muscle strains and bruises. There does not have to be broken skin to acquire this type of infection.
This type of infection is commonly referred to as flesh eating disease. Protect against flesh eating disease by using hand sanitizer gel when you can’t wash your hands and keeping any and all cuts and scrapes or burns you may have clean and covered.
The most common way to become infected is through cuts (including surgical incisions) or other injuries that are not well cared for. Symptoms include:
1. Pain that becomes severe for no apparent reason a day or two after surgery or injury.
2. High fever and chills
3. Redness and swelling at the site of injury
4. The site of injury is hot to the touch
5. Nausea and vomiting
Some predisposing factors that could contribute to anyone getting this type of infection are:
1. Having an already impaired immune system
2. Having a chronic disease like diabetes or cancer
3. Your skin integrity has been compromised (having open wounds or cuts like a surgical incision)
4. Have or have had a recent viral infection that causes an itchy rash like chicken pox.
5. Have taken prescribed steroid medications that lower immune system response to infection
As stated this type of infection is very rare but also very serious if you get it. If you experience any of the symptoms listed above then see your doctor immediately.
If you wait and the infection takes hold then you could lose some skin, fat and muscle in the surrounding areas and may need to have it removed.
This could very well cause you to become disfigured and need more surgeries to try to resolve this (like plastic surgery or skin grafting), depending on where the infection is located on your body.
Bacteria is everywhere. No one can really ever get away from it but if you take simple precautions you can diminish your exposure to some of the more serious ones like the ones that cause this very rare type of infection.
Flesh eating disease. Protect against flesh eating disease by keeping your hands clean is the very best defense against bacterial infections. Also, keeping sores, cuts, and even insect bites clean and protected is key. Try not to scratch insect bites and keep your fingernails clean and neatly trimmed.