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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me more about flesh eating bacteria?

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Dr. Mazen Kherallah
Infectious Disease 35 years experience
Necrotizing fasciiti: Media reports have popularized the term "flesh-eating bacteria" to refer to a type of very rare but serious bacterial infection known as necrotizing fasciitis. Necrotizing fasciitis is an infection that starts in the tissues just below the skin and spreads along the flat layers of tissue (known as fascia) that separate different layers of soft tissue, such as muscle and fat.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How do people get flesh eating bacteria?

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Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
General Surgery 39 years experience
Breaks in the skin: An opening in the skin (eg. Cut or abrasion), and exposure to 'flesh eating bacteria' can lead to the rare but aggressive disease/infection.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can a cut from a weed eater be a flesh eating bacteria?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
No it is not: No it is not from cut from weed eater, even though you can get an infection in a cut made from weed eater but it will not cause flesh eating disease most of the time.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can flesh eating bacteria live in cold water?

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Dr. Archibald Miller
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Infections: This is a misnomer. Many bacteria growing together often result in severe infections.This overgrowth results in skin death and severely damaged subcutaneous tissue. Any bacteria can live in water.
Last updated Apr 7, 2014


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