Gangrene, or flesh-eating bacteria, spreads during the rainy season, risking the loss of organs and lives.

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The Institute of Skin Diseases, Department of Medical Services points out that  Necrotizing fasciitis or flesh-eating bacteria. It is caused by a bacterial infection of the skin. It mostly spreads in the rainy season. When farmers dive into rice fields or wade through mud, the infection often develops quickly and becomes severe if not treated quickly and correctly. It may lead to loss of organs and may even cause death.

Gangrene, or flesh-eating bacteria, spreads during the rainy season, risking the loss of organs and lives.

What is gangrene or flesh-eating bacteria?

Dr. Manat Phothaporn, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Medical Services, revealed that gangrene or  flesh-eating bacteria.  It is a disease caused by infection with only one type of bacteria. Or it could be from multiple types of bacterial infection at the same time. It was found that most patients have a history of diving in rice fields, wading through mud, and getting hit by shellfish or broken glass or sticks, and they haven’t had their wounds or treated in any way because they have to farm.

To finish causing germs to enter the wound and increase in number until severe symptoms occur These germs enter the skin through wounds. or cracks in the skin And when it enters the body It can create enzymes to degrade tissues in the body of those who have been infected. This causes the infection to spread quickly in the subcutaneous layer within a short period of time.

Gangrene symptoms

Dr. Mingkwan Wichaidit, Director of the Institute of Dermatology, Department of Medical Services, added: When the patient has been infected, the following symptoms will occur.

  • Skin swelling, redness, pain, tenderness in the area of ​​infection.
  • If not treated The skin in this area will be swollen and red. or quickly turns dark purple within 36 hours after infection
  • Found blisters on the ยูฟ่าเบท skin.
  • There is death of the subcutaneous layer and skin in the area.
  • When it gets worse, the infection will damage the nerves. Makes the pain experienced at the beginning disappear. It turns into numbness in the infected area of ​​skin instead.
  • You may have fever, chills, and body aches.
  • nausea vomiting
  • If it is severe, there may be an abnormally fast heartbeat.
  • In case of not receiving treatment The infection spreads into the bloodstream. Make various systems of the body fails This causes the patient to lose consciousness, go into shock, and die. Treatment must be carried out quickly.

Treatment of gangrene

Director of the Institute of Skin Diseases Give additional advice: Patients suspected of having this disease should be hospitalized. The main treatment is deep surgery to the fascia layer. It is a layer of fascia that covers the muscles and internal organs of the body and removes dead tissue. together with intravenous antibiotics This often requires giving several types together to cover the pathogens that cause the disease. Adequate nutrition is provided during treatment. And symptoms must be closely monitored to prevent other complications that may occur as a result. Sometimes, if the infection is widespread, the infected organ may need to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading further.

Prevention of gangrene

  1. Be careful when cleaning skin wounds.
  2. Do not scratch the rash or existing wound. This is an important factor to reduce the chance of developing such diseases.
  3. Always observe yourself. If you find any wounds with pain, swelling, redness or if there are other abnormal symptoms in the wound area, you should immediately see a doctor. To provide treatment before the disease spreads and becomes even more severe infection.