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How Do You Catch Flesh Eating Bacteria
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
Concerned about flesh eating bacteria. Is there something that prevents or at least keeps them away?
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
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
When you have a flesh eating bacteria is the pain excruciating? How do you know when to see a doctor?
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How can I tell the difference between a rash caused by allergic reaction and rash caused by flesh eating bacteria?
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
Can the flesh-eating bacteria be both aerobic and anaerobic? Are the treatments different depending on which type?
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
Could I have necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) by getting head from someone with strep throat?
Unlikely: That sounds extremely unlikely! Always use protection with any sexual activity. ...Read more
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
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
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
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