A 43-year-old member asked:
i heard about flesh eating bacteria, but how do you get it?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Steven Harris answered
36 years experience Plastic Surgery
Freak accident: This is necrotizing fasciitis and Fournier's gangrene, two life-threatening infections in which just the right mixture of bacteria get under the skin, particularly in people who have certain susceptibilities (diabetes, obesity, poor circulation, poor hygiene). While there is no definite way to prevent it, keep these factors controlled and seek treatment promptly for skin breaks and fever.
Answered on May 20, 2015
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