Flesh eating bacteria, also known as necrotizing fasciitis, is a rare but serious bacterial infection that destroys the skin, fat, and the tissue covering the muscles (fascia).
It is caused by a variety of bacteria, including group A streptococcus, Klebsiella, Clostridium, and E. coli.
If left untreated, the infection can quickly spread and lead to sepsis and death. Treatment typically involves a combination of antibiotics and surgery to remove dead tissue.
What is flesh eating bacteria early stages signs and symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria, can vary depending on the type of bacteria causing the infection, as well as the location and severity of the infection.
However, common signs and symptoms include:
- Severe pain: The affected area may be extremely tender and painful, often described as being out of proportion to the appearance of the affected area.
- Redness, swelling, and warmth: The affected area may appear red, swollen, and warm to the touch.
- Blisters or sloughing of skin: The skin over the affected area may develop blisters or slough off.
- Discoloration: As the infection progresses, the affected area may turn dark purple or black.
- Fever: Patients may have a fever, which can be a sign of a serious infection.
NOTE: It is important to note that these symptoms can mimic other conditions such as cellulitis, a muscle strain, or a spider bite.
It is essential to seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you may have necrotizing fasciitis.