The potentially deadly bacterium that’s on everyone’s skin

Bacteria is literally everywhere; it’s on your skin, your pet’s skin, the surfaces in your home, the sidewalks outside – everywhere. This is typically not that big of a deal. In fact, before you reach for the disinfectant, remember that some bacteria (and other microorganisms) are beneficial, and that any attempts to wipe them all out only lead to them developing immunity from things like disinfectants.

But based on the results of this new study, the researchers urge doctors to take extra precautions for those at high risk of infection – for example, after surgery. In the study, the team took samples from patients who had suffered infections following operations, and compared them with samples from the skin of healthy volunteers.

What are the symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis?

  • The first symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis may not seem serious. Your skin may become warm and red, and you may feel as if you’ve pulled a muscle. You may even feel like you simply have the flu.
  • You can also develop a painful, red bump, which is typically small. However, the red bump doesn’t stay small. The pain will become worse, and the affected area will grow quickly.
  • There may be oozing from the infected area, or it may become discolored as it decays. Blisters, bumps, black dots, or other skin lesions might appear. In the early stages of the infection, the pain will be much worse than it looks.

Sepsis and Antibiotic Resistance

There has been much in the news over the past few years about antibiotic resistance, infections caused by bacteria that can’t be treated with traditional antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is a concern to those who work with patients who have infections because infections can trigger sepsis. According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is an increasingly serious threat to global public health.

Sometimes called blood poisoning, sepsis is the body’s often deadly response to infection or injury. Sepsis kills and disables millions and requires early suspicion and treatment for survival.

Sepsis and septic shock can result from an infection anywhere in the body, such as pneumonia, influenza, or urinary tract infections. Worldwide, one-third of people who develop sepsis die. Many who do survive are left with life-changing effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and fatigue, and organ dysfunction or amputations.