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Is The Flesh Eating Bacteria Contagious
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
Concerned about flesh eating bacteria. Is there something that prevents or at least keeps them away?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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
When you have a flesh eating bacteria is the pain excruciating? How do you know when to see a doctor?
Yes if treated promp: Yes if treated promptly.Get a more detailed answer ›
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