Necrotizing fasciitis results in skin death.
Skin infections are fairly common and include everything from pimples to cellulitis. In fact, according to a 2014 report published in the journal PLoS ONE, about 14.2 million people received treatment for soft tissue infections in 2005. However, there are two skin diseases that, though especially rare in the U.S., can prove fatal without proper treatment. Perhaps the more severe of these two is necrotizing fasciitis, in which a bacterial infection actually destroys various skin layers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that there are somewhere between 650 and 850 cases in America each year. The best way to protect yourself is to better understand the disease, its causes and the standard treatment protocol.
Your insurance deductible will renew at the end of the year, making now a good time for a doctor’s visit.
Although you should never skimp on your health, making a last minute visit to your doctor is a wise choice as the end of the year nears, particularly when it comes to your wound care treatment. The key to saving money while enjoying the same level of care is to visit your doctor before New Year’s, as this will allow you to benefit from your current health insurance deductible. Not only will you save money by receiving the care and supplies you need, you will also be better equipped to treat your wounds during winter’s harsh weather conditions.
Having an evaluation from your doctor will help you find out the cause of your wound and how to treat it.
When it comes to injuries, illnesses and wounds, it’s common for patients to wait it out for a while waiting to get better rather than going to the doctor at the first sign than something may be wrong. The earlier wound treatment starts, the better chances of your doctor being able to prevent it from wound infection, cutting down on clinic visits and medical bills, or even stopping the progression of the wound altogether.
There are exciting new alternatives in skin grafting.
Skin grafts are a major component of more severe wound healing regimens. These grafts are a rather elegant solution to a potentially fatal problem: Take skin from a donor and place it on the actual wound site. With the proper medical care, these grafts can last a lifetime and save or improve countless patients’ lives.
Skin tears can hurt and lead to infection.
Skin tears are among the most common forms of injury, no doubt thanks to the sheer number of causes. These tears actually occur when the skin, or dermis, begins to separate from itself, an especially painful experience that can lead to infection if the damaged area remains untreated. When it comes to proper wound care, there are a number of different options to treat skin tears. Here is a brief guide to the most frequently treatment utilized approaches and protocols for skin tears: