“It started suddenly, with a pain in Erik Jones’ upper left leg as he was helping a friend move lumber in May 2012. Then came fever, chills and vomiting… He had necrotizing fasciitis, a bacterial infection that attacks connective tissue deep beneath the skin. This tissue, called the fascia, forms a continuous layer around the muscle, so bacteria can speed along it from one part of the body to another. The disease is rare — annually, there are 500 to 1,500 cases in the United States — but it is harrowing. Not only can it turn your skin black, or make it lumpy as bubble-wrap, if left untreated, it can also kill you.”
Overcoming Necrotizing Fasciitis is being overhauled, using WordPress. That means I will be able to blog occasionally and expand the resources we offer to victims of necrotizing fasciitis (the flesh-eating bacteria), as well as their family, friends, students and medical professionals. I’ll be expanding the site over the next month or so, but you can read our story right here. Please stop in and visit often.
“Doctor develops simple treatment for flesh-eating disease” is a headline that will catch your eye, if you’ve ever been through the torturous, almost medieval treatment required to arrest necrotizing fasciitis. It looks as if Dr. John Crew is onto something:
Typically, necrotizing fasciitis is treated with heavy doses of intravenous antibiotics, along with extensive surgery to remove dead tissue.
Crew’s technique keeps the antibiotics but tries to avoid the repeated surgeries. Doctors irrigate wounds from necrotizing fasciitis with a solution of hypochlorous acid that was developed by NovaBay Pharmaceuticals in Emeryville, then drain the wound with a negative-pressure vacuum apparatus.
You can read more about the treatment in this informative article.
The National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation is working with Dr. Crew to get the word out:
MEDINA, Ohio, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation (NNFF) today announced a campaign to raise awareness of the tragic inadequacy of the current standard of care for necrotizing fasciitis, or ‘flesh-eating’ infection —and to push for the adoption of new treatments for this deadly condition. “Too many people are losing their lives or their limbs because the current standard of care simply doesn’t work,” said Jacqueline Roemmele, executive director of the NNFF. “But there is a promising new treatment that doctors can adopt.”
Our family lived in Maine between 1993-96 and the Bangor Daily News was always there with more than just news. Check out these tips on how to spot necrotizing fasciitis, if you encounter it.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a severe bacterial infection that spreads rapidly and destroys the body’s soft tissue, such as skin and muscle. The infection can strike randomly. But individuals with compromised immune systems, such as the elderly and those with chronic diseases, are at higher risk.
My sister is a medical writer. She pointed me to some news this week, which may be of interest for those of us who have been affected by necrotizing fasciitis and, perhaps, those who will encounter the disease in the future:
Late today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Cubist Pharmaceuticals’ tedizolid phosphate (SIVEXTRO™) for the treatment of acute adult bacterial skin and skin structure infections, or ABSSSIs. Sivextro is indicated for infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria that include: Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-resistant (MRSA) and methicillin-susceptible (MSSA) isolates), Streptococcus pyogenies