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

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
4 doctors agree

In brief: Different illnesses

Necrotizing fasciitis may be due to streptococcus pyogenes, but there are other causes.
Pain out of proportion to the appearance of the lesion, tenderness, firmness of the area to touch, redness may all occur, but if you suspect this get to a doctor asap. This is an emergency. Toxic shock syndrome is characterized by a red rash often involving lips, hands, hypotension. Again, get to a doctor.

In brief: Different illnesses

Necrotizing fasciitis may be due to streptococcus pyogenes, but there are other causes.
Pain out of proportion to the appearance of the lesion, tenderness, firmness of the area to touch, redness may all occur, but if you suspect this get to a doctor asap. This is an emergency. Toxic shock syndrome is characterized by a red rash often involving lips, hands, hypotension. Again, get to a doctor.
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Redness tracking

On the skin. Fevers. Tenderness that is worsening fast.

In brief: Redness tracking

On the skin. Fevers. Tenderness that is worsening fast.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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