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Necrotizing Fasciitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is necrotizing fasciitis?

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare bacterial infection that spreads quickly and destroys skin, fat, and muscle. It is also known as flesh-eating bacteria. Necrotizing fasciitis is a life-threatening infection that must be treated immediately.

What causes necrotizing fasciitis?

Necrotizing fasciitis is caused by bacteria commonly found on your skin or in your throat. The bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin, such as a bug bite, scrape, or burn. In most people, the bacteria do not cause a serious infection. People with weak immune systems or chronic medical conditions have an increased risk for necrotizing fasciitis.

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