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Can I get gangrene from being around it or touching an infected item?

Can I get gangrene from being around it or touching an infected item?

No: No. In order to get gangrene you have to have very poor circulation. Touching an infected wound will just spread bacteria. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

A medical term describing the death of body tissue ...Read more


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Why do people still get gangrene?

Why do people still get gangrene?

Diabetes and Smoking: The two most common causes of peripheral arterial disease. Even in 2013, there is untreatable vascular disease, either due to limitations of medicine or patient non compliance. Don't smoke, stay active and healthy, and barring any congenital disease, the chance of developing gangrene is very low. ...Read more

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Do you get tetanus from gangrene?

Do you get tetanus from gangrene?

Possibly: The processes which produce gangrene imply the loss of nutrient blood supply to tissue thru infection triggered blood clots, frostbite, etc. As the skin begins to break down the open areas could be contaminated by tetanus spores & tetanus germs could contaminate that wound & produce tetanus. However, gangreen can exist without tetanus germs & have a variety of other germs that are just as deadly. ...Read more

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Frenulum ripped, can it get gangrene, what to do?

Frenulum ripped, can it get gangrene, what to do?

Very unlikely: if you don't have any underlying condition that suppress you immune system. You can get other infections, however, so try to keep it clean and use antiseptic mouthwash for few days until it heals. ...Read more

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When does someone get an amputation done? Only if gangrene?

When does someone get an amputation done? Only if gangrene?

Many Reasons: Gangrene is just one of the many reasons amputations might be warranted. Other inidications are peripheral vascular disease that is resulting in poor limb perfusion (and ultimately gangrene). Infection to the bones or rapid progression of skin infection resulting in loss of the soft tissues. Trauma. Even a few nerve disorders can result in need for limb amputation. ...Read more

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How can one get gangrene from infection?

Loss blood supply: Gangrene, especially of the lower extremity is not uncommon. It is mainly the effect of loss of blood supply such as thrombosis or narrowing in femoral vessels of the leg. With severe infection one can destroy the local blood supply to a minor structure such as the toes which will become gangrenous. ...Read more