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What Is Flesh Eating Disease?: MRSA Symptoms and Natural Treatment

Updated on September 22, 2014
MRSA can be lethal
MRSA can be lethal | Source

MRSA Causes: How Do You Get Flesh Eating Disease?

Flesh eating disease is caused by streptococcus A bacteria; it is so called because the bacteria eat away all flesh that they come in touch with. It is also known as necrotizing fasciitis. There are 2 categories of the condition; type1 that afflicts the upper body, while, type 2 afflicts the legs. The disease is rather rare.

Here are some causes associated with flesh eating disease or necrotizing fasciitis,

  • Usually, streptococcus A is the chief etiological factor the occurrence of flesh eating disease; nevertheless, these days, a second type of the disease is known to occur, which is caused by Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
  • The bacteria get into the body through an opening in the skin, a puncture wound, a cut, a sore, or an abrasion. Surgical intervention or trauma increases the risk of contracting the disease. In exceptional cases, no definite entry point may be discernible.
  • Direct contact with the secretions of a person having the bacteria or droplet infection cause a spread of the infection; thus making it decidedly contagious.

Flesh Eating Disease Symptoms: MRSA Symptoms

Clinical manifestations of necrotizing fasciitis are:

  • The preliminary manifestations usually mimic that of influenza. There will be mild fever, which rapidly rises to a very high grade in a couple of hours.
  • There will be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and exhaustion.
  • The bacteria journey to other parts and cause inflammation and swelling. The skin becomes red, swollen and hot.
  • The key symptom of the flesh eating disease is pain. It is excruciating; and aggravates as the disease progresses.
  • The disease has a tendency to spread and afflict the viscera of the body, and in due course, organ failure and consequently death occur.

Treatment of Flesh Eating Disease: Treating MRSA

Treatment for necrotizing fasciitis comprises of hospitalization and administration of intravenous antibiotics; and a removal of the contaminated tissues. Timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment are critical to recovery without the development of serious complications.

  • Surgery: Infected tissues and fluids are eliminated only via surgical intervention. Amputation or excision of the affected part may be necessary to save life, depending on the extent of spread.
  • Drugs and medicines: Intravenous antibiotics are given to obliterate the bacteria and to stop the production of bacterial toxins. IV immunoglobulin is administered as well, to help manage the condition better, given that it enhances the working of the immune system.
  • Oxygen therapy: Oxygen therapy helps check the bacterial infection, facilitates quick healing, and decreases the need for surgery and excision
  • Treatment of complications: Kidney failure, respiratory distress syndrome and shock are some of the frequently seen complications of the flesh eating disease. Hence, these conditions need further medical aid and management. Dialysis is done for kidney failure. A ventilator is needed to make breathing effortless.

The outcome of necrotizing fasciitis depends up on the swiftness of detection and diagnosis and how quickly the treatment regime is started. By and large, the prognosis of a case is fair to poor.

MRSA Natural Therapies: Home Remedies for Flesh Eating Disease

Here are some simple home remedies that can be used in conjunction with conventional modern medicine to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment regimen. Consult your doctor before using these home remedies to avoid any form of drug interactions or complications.

  • Raw Honey: Honey is has been used for over two centuries for the management of bacterial infections. Internal consumption of raw honey with turmeric powder is considered to have strong anti microbial effects. Local application of honey is also considered beneficial. Diabetic patients however should avoid internal consumption of honey, primarily as it can increase the blood sugar levels by over 30 %.
  • Essential Oils: Essential oils have strong therapeutic properties, with almost all essential oils having anti bacterial and anti microbial properties. Tea Tree oil is considered to have the strongest anti bacterial effects. However, some individuals may be allergic to essential oils and these oils should be avoided in pregnant females and young children.
  • Garlic: Garlic is the most potent anti bacterial herb. Garlic contains ‘allicin’ which is a broad spectrum, anti microbial agent. However, garlic should be avoided in individuals taking anti coagulants, especially for the management of cardiac ailments as garlic can further hinder blood clotting abilities.


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      GinaCPocan 5 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for this Hub. I had contracted MRSA before. More people need MRSA awareness. Anyone can get it. It has nothing to do with how clean you are. I didn't get any of the listed symptoms, mine were silent until it had abrupt through the skin of my calf. A very large ulcer appeared, and it was painful. I went to the ER, and before i knew it, they had me on an IV with at leased 3 to 4 different antibiotics being infected into my veins. I was in the ER for many, many hours. They wanted to keep me, but I begged them to let me go because I had family at home and no one to look after them. I knew it was risky but I couldn't stay. They gave me a few prescriptions, and I got them.