Necrotizing Fasciitis (Flesh Eating Bacteria): An Overview

What Is Necrotizing Fasciitis?

Necrotizing fasciitis is an infectious disease that affects soft tissues, such as subcutaneous tissues (the tissue located under your skin), muscles, and the skin. It is commonly caused by group A Streptococcus, also known as “flesh eating bacteria,” which is the most dangerous and fastest moving type of the infection. Studies show that necrotizing fasciitis may occur due to other types of bacteria. However, it will not be as dangerous or progress as quickly as Streptococcus.

Necrotizing fasciitis is less likely to occur in healthy people. However, a tiny injury could make you more susceptible to the infection. It is imperative to learn how to identify the symptoms so it’d be easy for you to know when you have the condition. Since it can worsen quickly, it is important to treat the condition as early as possible.

Continue reading this article as we discuss the symptoms, types, treatment, and other important things you need to know about necrotizing fasciitis.