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Can Gangrene Strike Anywhere On The Body
I found out one can get it from injury (when it kills body tissue), but what exactly does an infection do to cause gangrene, what do you recommend?
Treat the infection: Infection can cause swelling and decreased blood circulation to an area and cause tissue necrosis. Management of infection, includes local care, identifying cause of infection and then treatment with culture specific antibiotics. See your pcp for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: If she has diabetes or peripheral artery disease, the toes are very susceptible to gangrene. They are at end of blood supply and nerves, and prone to injury. Depending on cause, the same pathology may involve all vessels and nerves, though she is not yet seeing symptoms in those areas. Treatment of underlying cause can slow progression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tissue death: Gangrene is the death of tissue due to lack of blood supply. There are a number of different causes for this lack of blood supply such as embolus to an artery, atherosclerotic occlusion of an arterty, trauma to an artery or bacterial/toxic damage to the arterioles and tissues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacteria: Gangrene comes from an infection which invades quickly into tissue from a break in the skin or other body defenses. Not all bacteria can do this, but certain soil and gut bacteria can. Certain Strep can also behave aggressively. People with impaired immunity are more susceptible. ...Read more
Several reasons: Gangrene is tissue death. Generally the cause is due to poor or disrupted blood supply due to cardiovascular disease (hardening of the arteries) or infection. Blood clots are also a cause. Gangrene can also be caused by external sources such as severe burns, both chemical and thermal (heat and cold (frostbite)). Certain conditions like diabetes, kidney failure, high cholesterol will increase risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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