Necrotizing soft tissue infections can destroy the tissue in your skin, muscles and subcutaneous tissue, which is the tissue underneath your skin. This condition is a rare, but deadly type of bacterial infection also known as “flesh-eating bacteria.” This malady begins with a small cut or scrape that becomes infected with bacteria, later spreading to the bloodstream and then the body. First signs of the bacterial infection will begin with your skin, as it will feel warm and tight, and can mirror flu type symptoms shortly after such as fatigue, weakness, fever, chills, sweating, nausea
vomiting, dizziness and a decrease in urination.
Numerous types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis. The most popular and well-known type is group A Streptococcus. Nevertheless, this isn’t the only kind of bacteria that can cause the infection. Other examples of bacteria that cause necrotizing fasciitis include Aeromonas hydrophilic (causes cellulitis, wound infections, diarrhea, septicemia, and urinary tract infections), Clostridium (causes gas gangrene and botulism), E. coli (responsible for diarrheal disease), Klebsiella (accountable for pneumonia and urinary infections), and Staphylococcus aureus (it causes furunculosis, cellulitis, pyemia, pneumonia, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, suppuration of wounds, food poisoning; also a cause of infection in burn patients) .
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help patients with necrotizing soft tissue infections by enhancing the effects of antibiotics and boosting the body’s natural ability to combat bacteria. Since many strains of bacteria are anaerobic, Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy attacks the bacteria with 100 percent pure oxygen. Our blood will distribute the increased oxygen supply throughout our body and organs, stimulating the discharge of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. Therefore, the bacteria will not be able to replicate and will eventually be destroyed.
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