Many of us have heard about this dreaded disease which often reminds us of zombies in horror movies. This indeed is a horrible disease which can claim the lives of those infected. If not immediately treated, death could occur in about 12 – 24 hours. This is a bacterial infection also called necrotizing fasciitis, and the infection starts just under the skin. From there, it could spread along the layers of the body’s tissues which includes muscles and fats. Target areas of this bacteria are the legs, arms, and the abdominal wall. Necrotizing fasciitis is caused by the infection of not just one but several bacteria. The phrase flesh-eating bacteria usually applies to infections caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, which is another type of bacterium.

1. So what is it?

Flesh-eating bacteria usually cause necrotizing fasciitis infections. We all have heard about this and have seen pictures that are stomach-churning. Indeed, it’s a horrible occurrence and if not immediately treated, could be fatal. Necrotizing fasciitis can spread quickly upon its entry into the body and can aggressively start its infectious effects where it can cause the death of the tissues at the infection site and the surrounding area.

So what is it?