Have you ever wondered “What's the scoop on Necrotizing Fasciitis”?
This is an extremely severe, life-threatening infection of the skin. It starts as a skin infection (cellulitis) that dissects into the layers of the skin.
Streptococcus and Clostridia are the most common bacteria involved, because they produce a toxin that worsens the damage to the tissues. Diabetes increases the risk of developing these types of infections.
Necrotizing fasciitis presents as follows: Very high fever, Portal of entry into the skin, Pain out of proportion to the superficial appearance, Blisters, Crepitus.
Antibiotics and surgical debridement are both the best way to confirm the diagnosis, as well as being the mainstay of therapy. This is why it is so important to have a podiatrist evaluate and heal any wound quickly.