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Necrotizing Fasciitis

THE FLESH EATING DISEASE DUHNDUHNDUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHN
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Brigi notapplicable

on 10 May 2010

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Necrotizing Fasciitis The Flesh- Eating Disease How do you know you have it? Necrotizing Fasciitis is a very painful disease. You'll know when you have it. A skin infection/ problem usually precedes the disease, and when bacteria forms under the infection and produces toxins, your skin starts to rot as bacteria causing the disease rot, or "eat" the skin. (And sometimes the muscle, too.) Then the infected area appears red and bumpy, but feels painful and hot. If not treated within 12- 24 hours, the skin then gets a blue- grey color, and the infection can spread to the blood stream. The infected person can go into shock and develop a dangerously low blood pressure. The infection can spread to internal organs and may destoy them. 30% of patients with this disease die from it.
There are 3 Stages of Nerotizing Fasciitis. (NF) #1-Symptoms: The skin feels hot and the infected area is a blue- grey color. On the blue-grey area are blue liquid- filled bumps. The underside of a leg- This happens to be where this particular patient got NF.
#2- When you know for sure and must get to the hospital: If not treated in 12- 24 hours, NF bacteria may eat away at skin and muscle underlying the infected area. This makes it look like the flesh is rotting. #3- Disease high point: Next, flesh may peel off or be 'eaten away' right in front of your eyes. Patients who underwent surgical treatment to help remove NF survived- but they may have to spend a while in the hospital for treatment on replacing skin. Also, sometimes patients go into shock because of the disease and may develop a dangerously low blood pressure. Multiple organ failure may occur, followed by death. Must be painful. Well, actually, yes. One of the hardest things to endure with NF is the fact that it is one of the most painful bacterial diseases. Is There a Cure?????
This disease is extremely painful and hard to indure-
A cure would be great. And the answer is...
Yes! Anitibiotics like Pennicilin aminoglycocide, and more.
Antibiotic therapy is a good way to cure the disease, but some people
have it so bad that they need to have dead tissue removal surgery so
that the disease will not spread throughout their whole body. Also,
another cure is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which kills the bacteria with oxygen deprivation. I, myself, would choose the antibiotic therapy, but I really do hope
I never get NF because I'm allergic to pennicilin. Normally, Older individuals or babies get NF because
they are prone to skin problems preceding the disease
and don't have a strong enough immune system. If you had NF, your life would be greatly affected by the disease. First of all, there is a 30% death rate. Most likely, though, the infected would live on with multiple scars or a missing digit, or they would be in a coma due to shock. Just to go over things... Necrotizing Fasciitis is a rare condition in which bacteria destroys tissues underlying the skin. The tissue death, called necrosis or gangrene, spreads rapidly and can be fatal if not stopped within 1- 7 days. The bacteria from NF are the same kinds that also cause Strep throat. NF is a rare but serious disease that
destroys tissue, sometimes muscle. tHERE IS A 30% death rate, but there is a cure. Usually a skin condition or injury precedes the disease.It is an extremely painful bacterial disease, and many people have survived it. the end
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