Preventing necrotising fasciitis

There's no vaccine for necrotising fasciitis and it's not always possible to prevent it.

The following measures may help to reduce your risk:

  • Treat wounds quickly after stopping any bleeding, clean wounds with running water and pat themdry with a clean towel.
  • Keep wounds clean and dry aftera wound has beencleaned, coverit withasterile dressing (such as a plaster); change the dressing if it gets wet or dirty.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water alcohol-based hand gels can alsohelp, but washing with soap and water is generally best.

If you're in close contact with someone who has necrotising fasciitis, you may be given a course of antibiotics to reduce your risk of infection.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018