Necrotising fasciitis is a rare but serious bacterial infection that affects the tissue beneath the skin, and surrounding muscles and organs (fascia).
It's sometimes called the "flesh-eating disease", although the bacteria that cause itdon't "eat" flesh they release toxins that damage nearby tissue.
Necrotising fasciitiscan start from a relatively minor injury, such as a small cut, but gets worse very quickly and can belife-threatening if it's not recognised and treated early on.
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Necrotising fasciitis is a rare but serious bacterial infection that affects the soft tissue under the skin. Find out what the symptoms are and how it's treated.
The symptoms of necrotising fasciitis develop quickly over hours or days. They may not be obvious at first and can be similar to less serious conditions such as Bird flu , gastroenteritis or cellulit
Necrotising fasciitis is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department as soon as possible if you think you have it. Call 999 f
Necrotising fasciitis needs to be treated in hospital. The main treatments are: surgery to remove infected tissue this may be repeated several times to ensure all theinfected tissue is removed, a
Necrotising fasciitiscan progress very quickly and lead to serious problems such as blood poisoning (sepsis) and organ failure. Even with treatment, it's estimated thatone or twoin everyfivecases are
Necrotising fasciitis can be caused by several different types of bacteria. The bacteria that cause the infection live in the gut, in the throat, or on the skin of some people, where they dont usuall
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, clea