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Flesh-Eating Disease: New Treatment for a Scary Killer

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary:Necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection that can spread rapidly throughout your body and destroy its soft tissue.
Air Date: July 21, 2014
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John Crew, MD
john crewFor over 50 years, Dr. John Crew, MD, has been practicing in the specialties of vascular surgery and wound care. A graduate of St. Louis University Medical School, and attaining certification in vascular surgery, Dr. Crew now serves as the Medical Director of Seton Medical Center's Advanced Wound Care facility in the Bay Area. His memberships include: American College of Surgeons, Society of Vascular Surgery, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, and The Wound Healing Society. With 35 publications to his credit, and as a Lister Award finalist, Dr. Crew has been recognized for his outstanding commitment to medicine, his intellectual prowess, as well as his unsurpassed dedication to his patients.
Flesh-Eating Disease: New Treatment for a Scary Killer
Necrotizing fasciitis, also known as the "flesh-eating disease," is a bacterial infection that can spread rapidly throughout your body and destroy its soft tissue.

According to the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation, the bacterium that causes necrotizing fasciitis is within the group A Strep bacteria, the same bacteria that can cause strep throat.

With just a cut, burn or bump to your skin, bacteria enters your body and can cause this flesh-eating disease. Depending on how moderate the case, you can be treated with heavy antibiotics.

However, delaying care can cause the disease to worsen, allowing the toxins from the disease to destroy the tissue it infects. As a result, your tissues start to die.

Even though your chances of getting this disease are very slim, it's important to recognize the symptoms and what could be posing serious health threats to you or a loved one.

NeutroPhase is the newest treatment for necrotizing fasciitis. It contains Hypochlorous acid, a natural substance, which, when produced in the body's immune system, serves as a first defense against microbial invaders.

How does this treatment differ from other alternative treatments?

John Crew, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss what necrotizing fasciitis is, the symptoms of the disease and the newest treatment options available.


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