Perhaps one of the worst possible outcomes of a non-fatal injury is when an infection seeps into the opening a wound creates. Whether coming into the body from a cut on the skin or from the dead tissue left after a burn, these infections can cause the body a great deal of harm, often destroying a significant amount of tissue before being properly diagnosed and treated. This is especially true of a rare and exceedingly dangerous infection known as necrotizing fasciitis.
SYMPTOMS OF NECROTIZING FASCIITIS
Wrongly called flesh-eating infections, necrotizing fasciitis does not actually devour the skin and muscle cells it infects. Instead, the bacteria release extremely powerful toxins as they spread across the body, killing the cells that they come in contact with. Common symptoms include some of the following:
- Purple discoloration of the skin
- Extreme pain around the area of injury
- Skin that is hot to the touch
- Toxic shock syndrome
In many cases, the infection works too quickly to save the site where the infection began. As it quickly destroys tissue, physicians primarily turn to tissue removal and amputation to fight these infections, relying on antibiotics to slow the progress of the bacteria. Without immediate help, the infection may grow severe enough to claim the life of the patient.
Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Charleston & nearby areas of South Carolina
If you have suffered from a severe infection because you received improper medical care, you may be eligible for compensation. For more information, contact the Charleston medical malpractice lawyers of the Steinberg Law Firm today by calling 843-720-2800.
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