Jodie Wylie thought she was having a migraine when she found herself having a headache with a sore throat and vomiting after gardening. The large bruise on her right thigh didn’t get her attention at that time. But soon it turned out to be far more severe than a migraine; it was a flesh-eating bug that she caught.
The bacteria released toxins into her blood and affected the tissue beneath the skin and surrounding muscles. She began to be very exhausted. The bruise she had on her leg was mottled and dark with unbearable pain.
When she was sent to the hospital, the flesh-eating disease has tortured her hard. Surgeons had to remove a large part of the skin, muscle and tissue on her right thigh and hip and carried out 13 more surgeries to scrape away the disease.
What are the symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis?
Jodie was lucky to be alive, considering the deadly nature of necrotizing fasciitis.
Necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating bacteria, is a rare but serious infection that destroys skin, muscle and tissue. The early symptoms can be similar to many other less serious infections:
· A red, warm, and swollen area of skin, but will soon spread to the whole body
· Severe pain which may then turn into numbness
· Fever, chills, vomiting, and consciousness disorder
However, the infection develops very quickly and can soon become life-threatening. The symptoms in later stages may be:
· Ulcers, blisters or black spots on the skin
· Pus or oozing from the infected areas
· Toxic shock
· Skin, fat, and tissue damage
Due to its deceptive and hiding characteristics at the first stage, many patients may dismiss the symptoms just as Jodie Wylie did. But it worsens so fast that belated surgery can be difficult with more harm to the body. Therefore, prompt action is the key to treatment.
How do you prevent it?
Necrotizing fasciitis is a serious infection but effective measures can keep it from happening:
· Keep good hygiene practices are of great importance. Wash hands often with soap and water.
· Clean all minor cuts and injuries with soap and water.
· See a doctor for puncture and other deep or serious wounds.
· Don’t spend time in hot tubs, swimming pools, natural bodies of water like lakes or rivers if you have an open wound or skin infection.
Go to your doctor or the emergency room ASAP if you think you may have necrotizing fasciitis. Spotting the signs and treating the infection early is very important to avoid complications.