Necrotizing fasciitisPaper Rating: Word Count: 1149 Approx Pages: 5
Necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection that attacks the soft tissue of the body, usually in an extremity following a minor trauma. There are also cases of it occurring after surgery, most often abdominal surgery. Necrotizing fasciitis (nek-roe-tie-zing fah-shee-eye-tis) is more commonly known as ''flesh-eating disease". It is a rare illness that causes extensive tissue destruction and can lead to death. Definition and Symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis
Include, fever, sever pain, and a red painful swelling which spreads rapidly. Death can occur in 12 to 24 hours.
When the disease spreads along the layers of tissue that surround muscle (the fascia), it is called necrotizing fasciitis. When the disease affects the muscle tissue, it is called necrotizing myositis.
The bacterium comes from the group A streptococci a bacterial infection found most often in the throat and on the skin. People may carry group A streptococci and have no symptoms. Most GAS (group a streptococci) infections are relatively mild such as ''Strep Throat'', or Impetigo.
This bacterium is spread through direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat of a person who is infected, or through contact with infected wounds or sores on the skin. Ill people