What Diabetics should know about Necrotizing Fasciitis

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-10-16 10:23:16 -0500
Started 2012-10-16 10:23:16 -0500

Several infectious diseases are strongly associated with diabetes, whereas others are more complicated or severe in the presence of diabetes.

Patients with diabetes appear to be at greater risk for a number of different kinds of infections.

Necrotizing fasciitis is a life-threatening condition in diabetic patients; its management and salvage of the patient is a formidable challenge. Diabetes mellitus is one of the serious conditions associated with necrotizing fasciitis. It is a disorder that primarily affects the microvascular circulation.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms often start suddenly after an injury.
You may need medical care right away if you have pain that gets better over 24 to 36 hours and then suddenly gets worse. The pain may be much worse than you would expect from the size of the wound or injury.

You may also have:

◦Skin that is red, swollen, and hot to the touch.
◦A fever and chills.
◦Nausea and vomiting.

The infection may spread rapidly. It quickly can become life-threatening. You may go into shock and have damage to skin, fat, and the tissue covering the muscles. (This damage is called gangrene.) Necrotizing fasciitis can lead to organ failure and death.



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