Flesh Eating Bacteria is Coming to a Town Near You!

By · May 16, 2012 · Filed in HBOT

Flesh eating bacteria is in the news. Aimee Copeland, the Georgia student who lost her leg to a rare flesh-eating infection after a zip-line injury, knows she’s lucky to be alive, according to her family.

Flesh eating bacteria are a common term to describe what are called Necrotizing soft tissue infections. We have treated a number of these cases over the past year. Several of them were in men in the area of the scrotum, where these poor mens’ testicles swelled up to the size of grapefruits. Fortunately, with surgery and HBOT, we were able to heal these horrible infections.

Necrotizing soft tissue infections are rare, serious, and sometimes life-threatening bacterial infections. Necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating disease, is the most widely known infection of this type. Necrosis means the death of cells and tissue. Skin, muscle, and connective tissue infected with bacteria may suffer hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen, and die.

Flesh-eating disease may be caused by a number of different bacteria, in a single strain or mixed, originating within the body, in chronic or traumatic wounds, or from foreign matter. One increasingly common cause of flesh-eating disease is MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which has become a particularly troublesome hospital- and healthcare-acquired infection (HAI).

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is emerging as an adjunct to traditional surgery and antibiotic therapy for these special kinds of problem wounds. Some of the bacteria involved are anaerobic, meaning they thrive in low-oxygen environments. HBOT inhibits anaerobic and some other bacteria from replicating, spreading, and releasing damaging toxins. Hyperbaric oxygen may also boost the effect of antibiotics, enhance the body’s natural defenses against flesh-eating bacteria, and help resolve or delay the onset of sepsis, a deadly blood poisoning.

So, remember, watch out for any routine infection—you never know when it might be Flesh Eating Bacteria.

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