Pressure Ulcer Necrotizing Fasciitis

Necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, is an infectious virus that causes surrounding skin tissue to die. On some occasions, pressure ulcers may progress to this invasive bacterial infection. Bacteria enters the body through the open sore and releases harmful toxins that kill tissue.  Early symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis are characterized by:

  • small, red bumps on the skin
  • severe pain and swelling in the area of the infection
  • broken and exposed skin with fluid leakage
  • skin that is black and dead

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