What is it?

Necrotizing fasciitis is a soft tissue infection which may be life threatening and requires immediate treatment. It is typically caused by the bacteria streptococcus. It starts as a bacterial skin infection, which penetrates into deeper layers of the skin. It is more common in immunocompromised people.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include at first red, and warm skin. Then, the pain gets worse and the affected area grows quickly. Other symptoms may include fatigue, weakness, fever, chills, weating, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and infrequent urination.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include a biopsy and imaging tests, but sometimes the final diagnosis is done only during surgery.


Treatment includes antibiotics, but many times it is not enough and it is urgent to remove dead tissue by surgery so that the infection stops from spreading.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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