Necrotizing Fasciitis Topic Guide
Necrotizing Fasciitis: Necrotizing fasciitis is a disease caused by flesh-eating bacteria. Symptoms and signs include pain, localized redness, warmth, and swelling, along with possible fever and chills. Over hours to days, the redness spreads rapidly, and the skin may become purplish in color. Treatment of necrotizing fasciitis should begin immediately. Treatment includes antibiotics and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Gangrene Gangrene describes death of body tissue due to reduced blood flow (dry gangrene), infection (wet gangrene), or the bacteria Clostridia (gas gangrene). Symptoms include skin discoloration, fever, pain, swelling, foul odor, numbness, discharge, and rapid breathing and heart rate. Antibiotics and surgery are effective treatments for gangrene.
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