Flesh eating germs or bacteria are a type of streptococci that is extremely virulent.

The medical term virulent means very aggressive and this can produce very serious infections in the body.

Is there a difference between a flesh-eating virus and bacteria?

The answer is simple. There exists a common misconception of mistaking this germ for a virus because it is so virulent.

The germ that is responsible for this highly infectious disease is a bacteria from the streptococcus family.

In every instance, a flesh-eating bacterial infection is very painful and serious and must receive immediate care.

How do you come in contact with flesh-eating bacteria?

It is very rare that one is likely to contract this type of infection, but there are many ways that you can come in contact with flesh-eating bacteria.

Possible ways of becoming infected include:

1. After having abdominal surgery
2. Irritating a rash
3. Small scratch
4. Rug burn
5. Broken arm or leg
6. After having blood tests
7. Cut your foot

The infection occurs because there are complications in the healing process.

Because healthy people have a healthy immune system, the immune system destroys the bacteria and prevents the infection from spreading.

Are there different types of flesh-eating bacteria?

There are two types or classes of flesh-eating bacteria:

Type 1

Caused by anaerobic bacteria. Anaerobic bacteria do not require oxygen to survive.

Type 2

It causes gangrene and may include other strains of bacteria.

Necrotizing Fasciitis is a very serious complication of flesh-eating bacteria.

The bacteria actually attack the soft tissues and the fascia.

Fascia is a sheath or layer of tissue that covers the muscles. This can occur anytime these areas are exposed as a result of trauma, accident or surgery.

Since Necrotizing Fasciitis consumes the internal soft tissue, it has to enter into your body to cause an infection.

Unfortunately, it is easy to contract and it is very contagious if the right conditions exist.

The right conditions can include any of the following:

1. A person may have a cut or laceration
2. There may be an opening in the skin
3. You may come in contact with the bacteria either directly or by another person

Necrotizing Fasciitis can affect anyone: The young and the old Male and female, Any race Healthy or not.

This is a serious, life-threatening situation and no one is exempted from this infection if you have come in contact with it.

Once inside the body, the bacteria give off toxins (poisons) and certain enzymes that literally destroy the soft tissue and the fascia.

If Hemolytic streptococcal gangrene is the cause of the Necrotizing Fasciitis, the soft tissues and fascia become gangrenous and must be removed surgically.

Necrotizing Fasciitis is an extremely painful condition and sometimes occurs without explanation until it is too late.

If treatment is started at the onset, many of the more serious complications can be avoided.

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