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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Necrotizing Fasciitis (Overview)

This is tissue destruction by multiple infectious organisms. It is a life threatening condition requiring aggressive surgical and medical intervention.


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What's a simple way to say what necrotizing fasciitis really is?

What's a simple way to say what necrotizing fasciitis really is?

Necrotizing fasciiti: It is an infection in which the bacteria produce substances which cause your skin and tissues to die. The other lay term is "flesh eating bacteria". ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
71 Doctors shared insights

Necrotizing Fasciitis (Overview)

This is tissue destruction by multiple infectious organisms. It is a life threatening condition requiring aggressive surgical and medical intervention.


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Does necrotizing fasciitis usually cause many symptoms?

Does necrotizing fasciitis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: People are very sick from this serious condition and it is consider an emergency. Pain and fever are certainly expected. The person with necrotizing fasciitis should be seen immediately by a health care professional. ...Read more

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Treating Plantar Fasciitis (Checklist)

Stretch the arch of the foot by flexing the toes
Daily
Use a frozen water bottle to ice and massage the heel/arch
3x day
Avoid flat shoes or walking barefoot
Once
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What are the most common symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis?

What are the most common symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis?

Several: Patients may have fever, redness and swelling over the affected area, but pain which is significantly out of proportion to the apparent extent of disease is often a tipoff to the disease and when suspected, rapid imaging studies, usually with MRI is warranted. ...Read more

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What are the early signs and symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome?

What are the early signs and symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome?

They vary-see below.: Initially, necrotizing fasciitis has redness, swelling, & skin tenderness in an often quite large area. Blisters are common, & areas of skin can die (often looking black) in the center of the infection. Fever, generalized skin redness, low blood pressure, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, eye redness, & sometimes a local skin infection can be seen in early strep toxic shock.These are both serious infections. ...Read more

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My doctor diagnosed me with necrotizing fasciitis. Just checking - what's the best treatment.?

Immediate surgery: With removal of all devitalized tissue combined with broad spectrum antibiotics. ...Read more

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I need to know the cause of necrotizing fasciitis?

It is caused: By certain bacteria that produce toxins that kill our tissues. ...Read more

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What causes necrotizing fasciitis?

What causes necrotizing fasciitis?

Necrotizing fasciiti: It is an infection in which the bacteria produce substances which cause your skin and tissues to die. The other lay term is "flesh eating bacteria". ...Read more

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Why aren't maggots used to treat necrotizing fasciitis?

Initially: Maggots are not used because prompt surgical debridement is the procedure of choice because this rids the area of necrotic tissue. Maggot debridement would take to long. After the initial insult is over, one could use maggots to clean the wound up. ...Read more

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What's treatment for necrotizing fasciitis?

Remove dead tissue: Surgery to open the skin and remove the dead tissue under the skin is critical, the sooner the better. Strong intravenous antibiotics and intensive care are also important. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments can help, but are not as important as prompt surgery. Later, the wounds can be closed, sometimes with grafts. The wound vac can help ready the wounds for closure and/or grafting. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is necrotizing fasciitis?

Serious infection: Necrotizing fasciitis is a serious potentially life threatening infection that causes tissue death (hence the term necrotizing) very rapidly. It is treated with agressive surgery, antibiotics, and sometimes hyperbaric oxegyn therapy. ...Read more

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What causes necrotizing fasciitis?

Necrotizing fasciiti: It is an infection in which the bacteria produce substances which cause your skin and tissues to die. The other lay term is "flesh eating bacteria". ...Read more

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Where is necrotizing fasciitis found?

Where is necrotizing fasciitis found?

Any area of the body: This condition can occur just about anywhere on your body. It is most common in the groin area and in the legs. People who have diabetes, immune conditions, or poor circulation are at higher risk. If you experience skin color changes, pain, and fevers, and the skin changes move quickly, this is an emergency and must be treated immediately. ...Read more

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Can you die from necrotizing fasciitis?

Can you die from necrotizing fasciitis?

Absolutely: Nec fasc is a surgical emergency for that very reason. Must debride the infected tissue fully to survive. Some of my sickest patients in the or had this disease. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have necrotizing fasciitis?

This is a very: Serious infection. While I feel you would know if you had it, any hint at it, such as early cellulitis with ulceration of skin, a feeling of air bubbles or crackling under your skin where you think the infection is, systemic signs like fever and chills as well, or, as it can be seen, a large dead area of skin down to muscle. If you even think you may have it, get to a hospital. ...Read more

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What does our body do if necrotizing fasciitis?

What does our body do if necrotizing fasciitis?

Serious infection: This a very serious and rare condition of a rapidly invasive infection that causes sepsis and potential to lead to multiple organ failure. Needs emergency treatment with antibiotics and likely surgery. ...Read more

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What are some impacts of necrotizing fasciitis?

Serious infection: This a very serious and rare condition of a rapidly invasive infection that causes sepsis and potential to lead to multiple organ failure. Needs emergency treatment with antibiotics and likely surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about necrotizing fasciitis?

Necrotizing Fascia: This is an infection of the deep layers of the skin and subcutaneous tissues. Almost any bacteria can cause this type of infection. It can spread quickly because of the anatomical location between planes of tissue so fast identification and response are necessary for a best outcome. ...Read more

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I need to know the cause of necrotizing fasciitis?

It is caused: By certain bacteria that produce toxins that kill our tissues. ...Read more

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Why aren't maggots used to treat necrotizing fasciitis?

Initially: Maggots are not used because prompt surgical debridement is the procedure of choice because this rids the area of necrotic tissue. Maggot debridement would take to long. After the initial insult is over, one could use maggots to clean the wound up. ...Read more

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Does necrotizing fasciitis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: People are very sick from this serious condition and it is consider an emergency. Pain and fever are certainly expected. The person with necrotizing fasciitis should be seen immediately by a health care professional. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be afraid of necrotizing fasciitis?

Yes if you get it: Is serious soft tissue infection, rapidly spreads, progresses, if neglected or delayed in initiation of aggressive treatment, could lethal., fortunately it is not very common ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for victims of necrotizing fasciitis?

What is the prognosis for victims of necrotizing fasciitis?

If caught early: With prompt surgical debridement, IV antibiotics and aggressive care the prognosis is generally good. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis?

Several: Patients may have fever, redness and swelling over the affected area, but pain which is significantly out of proportion to the apparent extent of disease is often a tipoff to the disease and when suspected, rapid imaging studies, usually with MRI is warranted. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get necrotizing fasciitis?

Fortunately rare: This is a very dangerous condition which must be treated asap and aggressively to remove (debride) all the dead and affected tissues. In genital are known as fournier's gangrene. ...Read more

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What population is most susceptible to necrotizing fasciitis?

What population is most susceptible to necrotizing fasciitis?

See below: Most often necrotizing fasciitis occurs in those with lowered immunity and/or diabetes. Can occur very rarely in healthy people who have a traumatic wound in a very dirty environment with contaminated wound. ...Read more