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Dr. Elliot Duboys
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Can you tell me about the flesh eating bacteria found in la?

Dr. Elliot Duboys
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Can you tell me about the flesh eating bacteria found in la?

Los Angeles?: Your question got truncated.

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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How can you catch the flesh eating bacteria infection?

Dr. Robert Uyeda
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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

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

Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
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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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Dr. Anne Missavage
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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. Ralph Rosato
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Can a cut from a weed eater be a flesh eating bacteria?

Dr. Ralph Rosato
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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. Ihor Zakaluzny
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How do people get flesh eating bacteria?

Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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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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. Mazen Kherallah
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Can you tell me more about flesh eating bacteria?

Dr. Mazen Kherallah
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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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. Stephen Metzinger
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Can flesh eating bacteria live in cold water?

Dr. Stephen Metzinger
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Flesh eating bacteri: Yes!

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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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