What is Necrotizing Fasciitis?
What are the signs and symptoms?
How is Necrotizing Fasciitis acquired?
Necrotizing Fasciitis is typically acquired through a small or minor wound, where one of the few bacterium's enter the body. Laying dormant in the body, the bacteria colony grows and spreads. As the colony grows, it releases toxins that kill surrounding tissue, which exposes the persons major veins and arteries to the infection, spreading it.
How is Necrotizing Fasciitis treated?
Patients suffering from Necrotizing Fasciitis will require an immediate intra-veinous administered antibiotic. Surgery will then be necessary to drain the area of fluids and remove dead tissue. After the surgery, you can use skin grafts to patch together areas of open flesh. In extreme cases, when the infection has spread up an extremity, amputation is necessary. The photo below is a skin graph covering fixed Necrotizing Fasciitis