Necrotizing Fasciitis


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Necrotizing Fasciitis

Necrotizing fasciitis, also called flesh-eating disease, is a rare but potentially fatal condition caused by group A streptococcus bacteria infection. It affects the deeper layers of skin and tissues beneath the skin. Necrotizing fasciitis starts with sudden painful swelling and discoloration (red, purple, or bronze) of the skin. Often, the appearance of the affected skin does not reflect how far the infection has spread into the deeper layers of tissue. The disease can spread rapidly, with the infected area growing larger and darker. The ability to feel sensations in the infected area disappears as the skin tissue dies. As the infection quickly progresses, the patient can become very ill. Early treatment with antibiotics and surgery to remove the damaged tissue is extremely important. Recovery may take several months.
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