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Dr. Stephen Metzinger
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Can flesh eating bacteria live in cold water?

Dr. Stephen Metzinger
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Can flesh eating bacteria live in cold water?

Flesh eating bacteri: Yes!

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Dr. Steven Seres
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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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When flesh eating bacteria feed off a host and the host dies, what happens to the parasite? Does it continue to live or how does it eventually die?

Dr. Edwin Ishoo
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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When flesh eating bacteria feed off a host and the host dies, what happens to the parasite? Does it continue to live or how does it eventually die?

Necrotizing fasciitis: There are several types of bacteria that can cause this but most commonly it is Strep Pyogenes that enter the body through a break in the skin. Unlike virus, bacteria live outside the body for a very long time and can survive without food or water by forming spores. Well after a fatal infection, the bacteria survives in the area to infect another who comes in contact with it. ...Read more

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Dr. Sean Kearney
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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I got a scratch from my puppy on my foot. It's a little red and inflamed around it. I was wondering if that was normal...or if it could be something worse like a flesh eating bacteria?

Dr. Sean Kearney
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Puppy scratch: This is likely a reaction to a scratch. Very unlikely to be a "flesh eating bacteria". Recommend cleansing the wound with soap and water, keeping it clean and dry, and seeking routine evaluation by a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Rosato
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Can a cut from a weed eater be a flesh eating bacteria?

Dr. Ralph Rosato
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Flesh eating bacteri: A necrotizing streptococcus infection cause rapid skin destruction usually with in a day or two, ]. Other bacteria cause gas gangrene that can lead to skin loss as well. Be careful and if in doubt seek immediate help. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Seres
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Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
Board Certified, General Surgery
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How do people get flesh eating bacteria?

Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Harris
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I heard about flesh eating bacteria, but how do you get it?

Dr. Steven Harris
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I heard about flesh eating bacteria, but how do you get it?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Elliot Duboys
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Can you tell me about the flesh eating bacteria found in la?

Dr. Elliot Duboys
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Los Angeles?: Your question got truncated.

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Dr. Mazen Kherallah
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Can you tell me more about flesh eating bacteria?

Dr. Mazen Kherallah
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
29 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Anne Missavage
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Is it true that flesh eating bacteria is actually pretty common?

Dr. Anne Missavage
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Flesheating Bacteria: "flesh-eating bacteria" is a description of necrotizing fasciitis. This is caused when bacteria get into the subcutaneous fat tissue, spread, and cause destruction of the blood supply of the skin. Sometimes the process is fast and other times slow. The disease always needs surgery to cut away the infected tissue. The bacteria causing this are usually normally in the body, but not contagious. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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If you're infected by a flesh eating bacteria, will you know within hours?

Dr. Stephen Scholand
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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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 ...Read more

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