Extremely Dangerous Flesh Eating Bacteria: 6 Early Alarming Signs Everybody Needs To Know

Date June 12, 2018

Although this disease is pretty rare, it can start with a minor cut or even a bug bite. Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a medical term for a condition caused by so-called “flesh-eating bacteria,” where the germs (usually Streptococcus pyogenes) enter your skin through a small wound, spread and multiply rapidly, and cause the death of affected tissues. This disease can lead to amputation or even fatality if not treated in time.

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What are the symptoms?

Statistics show that this extremely dangerous infection typically occurs in the arms or legs and leads to the patient's death in around 40% of all cases. Therefore, early recognition of the disease can drastically increase the chances of survival. Most common manifestations of the infection include the following:

1. Fever

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High body temperature is a characteristic indicator of infections, as it helps the body fight off the intruders. Imagine the microscopic bloody battle between your immune system and the infection right under your skin, while you might think it’s just a scratch. However, if you have a fever, that can be more than a harmless small wound.

2. Skin redness

The affected area of the skin becomes red and hot to the touch. The intensity of the color is much higher than in case of uncomplicated skin wounds. Often, the redness and heat spread outside the wound within a few hours.

3. Pain

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Pain is a subjective feeling. However, in case of NF, the infected area hurts so badly, only a few people could ignore it. The wound hurts even without touching it, and the pain won’t go away.

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4. Swelling

Typically, the infected area becomes swollen within a couple of hours and advances outwards very quickly. It can also be accompanied by a purplish rash.

5. Malaise

The feeling of being sick is usually disproportional to the appearance of the wound. Also, the symptoms can include intense thirst caused by dehydration, diarrhea, nausea, weakness, and fatigue.

6. Gangrene

NF can cause death (gangrene) of affected tissues when advanced. Gangrene characterizes by the skin color change from normal to brown or black, the occurrence of blisters or sores with bad-smelling pus, often cold and numb affected area. Often, amputation of affected extremities is required to prevent the disease from spreading.

In case you’ve noticed any of the symptoms described above, it is highly recommended to visit your local doctor as soon as possible. Remember, though rare, necrotizing fasciitis is an extremely rapid and life-threatening condition. Therefore, timely treatment can save not only your limb but also your life. Take care and stay healthy!

                                                                                                               Source: MedicineNet, WebMD, LiveStrong

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