A 16-year-old male asked:
if you're infected by a flesh eating bacteria, will you know within hours?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Stephen Scholand answered
22 years experience Infectious Disease
Flesh eating germs: There are some scary germs out there that can cause disease very rapidly. The 'flesh eating bacteria' is one of them. Certain strains of Group A Strep can cause infections that move within hours. It's possible to outline an infected area, then check back a few hours later and see advancement. Usually though patients are really sick and need to go to an ER for urgent treatment. Call a doc if needed
Answered on Jul 26, 2014
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