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How can you catch the flesh eating bacteria infection?

How can you catch the flesh eating bacteria infection?

If you are talking: About mrsa, they are most common in prisons, schools, and wherever there is crowded and close contact. It is a form of staph that is more aggressive than other varieties. If your immune system is weakened, infection would be more severe also. ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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How do people get flesh eating bacteria?

How do people get flesh eating bacteria?

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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Can you tell me more about flesh eating bacteria?

Can you tell me more about flesh eating bacteria?

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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Can a cut from a weed eater be a flesh eating bacteria?

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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I heard about flesh eating bacteria, but how do you get it?

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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Is it true that flesh eating bacteria is actually pretty common?

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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Is get flesh eating bacteria from cuts that r 2 or 4 days old n how many days we use bandage on minor cuts mostly in which dirt this bacteria found?

Is get flesh eating bacteria from cuts that r 2 or 4 days old n how many days we use bandage on minor cuts mostly in which dirt this bacteria found?

Group A Strep: The 'flesh eating' bacteria is also known as Group A Strep. It can be found almost anywhere - but certainly cuts or injuries that are not treated properly are a risk. After any injury that breaks the skin, the area should be thoroughly cleaned. If redness, significant pain, swelling or fever develops, you must show this to a doctor. Allowing the wound to fester is an invitation for a disaster. ...Read more

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If you're infected by a flesh eating bacteria, will you know within hours?

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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Concerned about flesh eating bacteria. Is there something that prevents or at least keeps them away?

Concerned about flesh eating bacteria. Is there something that prevents or at least keeps them away?

Wound: We all have bacteria on and in our bodies. An infection is when these bacteria cause an inflammatory response. This can be associated with a wound infection or an abscess. General hygiene keeps the level if bacteria down and should be encouraged. ...Read more

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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?

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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Is it possible to get flesh eating bacteria inside ones vagina?

The disease called: Necrotizing fasciitis is not likely to occur under mucosal surfaces such as the vaginal vault but the same kind of bacteria can be found even as normal inhabitants of the area. ...Read more

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If there is no fever present is it likely I have a flesh eating bacteria?

Maybe not: The diagnosis of "flesh-eating" bacteria is not based on just one thing. A patient will have a relatively small area of cellulitis but really severe pain out of proportion to area of red cellulitis. They also will be systemically ill; this often will be fever, low blood pressure, high heart rate, acute kidney failure (usually reversible)--I mean sick--signs of sepsis; if it's you go to ER stat ...Read more

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When you have a flesh eating bacteria is the pain excruciating? How do you know when to see a doctor?

When you have a flesh eating bacteria is the pain excruciating? How do you know when to see a doctor?

Yes, and you: Usually have additional signs such as fever, rapid heart beat, severe pain, and blood test abnormalities. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a rash caused by allergic reaction and rash caused by flesh eating bacteria?

How can I tell the difference between a rash caused by allergic reaction and rash caused by flesh eating bacteria?

Red versus dead: An allergic reaction is manifested by a raised red firm sometimes itchy but usually limited area whereas flesh eating bacteria create a rapidly spreading area of redness with fever and pain. The skin may blisters itch fluid or air bubbles or become grey/black. ...Read more

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Can you get the flesh eating bacteria through a scab? I'm planning a beach trip next week but I have many scabs from mosquito bites.

Not likely: People have been swimming with scabs forever. Obviously don't pick at them, they are there to protect you while your body heals. Furthermore, ocean water is not likely to harbor flesh eating bacteria. And do take mosquito repellant! Can't be too careful nowadays as mosquito borne illnesses are far more common than Flesh eating infections. ...Read more

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Can the flesh-eating bacteria be both aerobic and anaerobic? Are the treatments different depending on which type?

Can the flesh-eating bacteria be both aerobic and anaerobic? Are the treatments different depending on which type?

Yes and yes: There frequently are combined anaerobic and aerobic ionfections causing flesh-eating (necrotizing) disease. The antibiotics used to treat them are tailored to the causative bacteria. Surgery (removal of the dead and infected tissue) is part of the treatment. ...Read more

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What can treat a severe infection that has spread to the brain, flesh eating bacteria, please help. She is still breathing on her own.?

What can treat a severe infection that has spread to the brain, flesh eating bacteria, please help. She is still breathing on her own.?

More information: Necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease) can be caused by a variety of bacteria, alone or sometimes in combination). I have not seen a case where infection has spread to the brain as meningitis or, more likely, an abscess, but it could occur. With aggressive therapy, she has a reasonable chance for recovery. I hope things turn out ok. ...Read more

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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?

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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What are the signs of a bacterial infection from flesh-eating germs?

What are the signs of a bacterial infection from flesh-eating germs?

Non-healing wound: The flesh eating bacteria is a rare form of bacteria that shows up only once in a while but it almost always makes the news.

It is a form of bacteria that causes the skin, muscle, etc to die as it infects the those areas.

If you have an infection and you have any concerns seek medical attention as these infections are much easier to cure in the early stages. ...Read more

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What is the bacteria that often causes necrotizing fasciitis?

As a single organism: The group a streptococcus is most common but many cases of nf are caused by a mixture of bugs, so-called synergistic gangrene ...Read more

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What is necrotizing fasciitis versus necrotizing soft tissue infection?

What is necrotizing fasciitis versus necrotizing soft tissue infection?

Only terminology!: Fasciitis means inflammation of fascia, which is the "gristle" that exists around and between muscle layers. Soft tissue is a general term for non-bony body parts. Necrotizing fasciitis is slightly more specific than necrotizing soft tissue infection, but nf imputes infection whereas nsti implicitly states "infection." both are the same and require nasty bacteria killing tissues unchecked! ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between necrotizing fasciitis and necrotizing soft tissue infection?

Same essentially: Both are deep soft tissue infections that require surgical removal of infected tissue. NF extends into muscle layers and the fascia that surrounds them. Perirectal abscess, an infection involving the buttocks and rectal area, is a necrotizing soft tissue infection that is not fasciitis. Requires surgery and sometimes a colostomy. ...Read more

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Can you catch a skin disorder from a cat? Or bacteria?

Can you catch a skin disorder from a cat? Or bacteria?

Agree w Dr. Bansal: Pasturella & Cat scratch disease could be transmitted that way. Other infections that people can get from cats include: Campylobacter, Ringworm, Roundworm, Hookworm, Tapeworm, Rabies, Fleas (very temporarily), Toxoplasmosis, Giardiasis, Cryptosporidiosis & Salmonellosis. ...Read more

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Necrotizing Fasciitis (Definition)

This is tissue destruction by multiple infectious organisms. It is a life threatening condition requiring aggressive ...Read more