Just as life-threatening and scary as it sounds flesh-eating bacteria is a real-world possibility, and it is considered to be a very serious infection. It can quickly cause you to need amputations or even death.
Luckily, it is also a very rare condition, medically known as necrotizing fasciitis, it is only reported about 4 times per 100,000 people in the United States. But given the terrible outcome of the sickness, which completely destroys your muscle and skin tissue, it is best to know how to spot it. In fact, you will need immediate medical care if you ever fall into the grips of flesh-eating bacteria.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises most people only fall victim to the bacteria when suffering from a cut, a scrape or a burn or in some cases a surgical wound. One thing that will let you know immediately about the condition is a pain that is completely out of proportion for the cut. Dr. Robert Glatter from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City has seen the ruthless condition first hand and has advised that people generally state they are suffering from:
“Exquisite pain and sensitivity”
Symptoms often begin immediately within hours of the injury, which is why medical attention is needed straight away. One thing to note is the bacteria causes gas, which means you will have little air pockets under the skin. The mortality rate is estimated to be as high as 50% so patients need to be treated aggressively and professionally with strong antibiotics. Even so, doctors regular need to amputate an infected limb to stop it from spreading.
One step to take is just to practice proper wound treatment, by this we mean to clean your cuts with soap and water. Cover any open cuts or scrapes with clean and dry bandages until they healed correctly. And if anything goes wrong, then see your doctor.