What is Necrotising fasciitis?

Necrotising fasciitis is a very rare skin infection, caused by bacteria, which has a devastating effect on the human body. The infection usually begins in an open wound, but often there is no obvious site of entry in a healthy individual. The first symptom is a redness over an area of the skin. This area is often painful, tender and warm to the touch.

People with Necrotising fasciitis feel very ill, may develop a rapid heart rate and suffer from confusion. In severe cases, the infection can cause unconsciousness and ultimately death. 

After being diagnosed with Necrotising fasciitis, the patient will be given IV antibiotics in an attempt to control the infection. However, antibiotics alone are often not enough to stop the spread of the disease, and surgical intervention will be required to remove any dead tissue.

Survival rate for Necrotising fasciitis is approx. 70%, but this dramatically decreases if the person is elderly, has an existing medical condition, or the disease is left untreated. When the infection reaches an advanced stage, patients have a very poor prognosis. For this reason, prompt diagnosis is essential.

More information about the illness can be found in this in-depth article about Necrotising fasciitisThe Lee Sparks NF Foundation also offer a lot of good information about the disease on their website