People Are Developing The Flesh-Eating Disease In Various Ways

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Diabetic patients continue to be at the greatest risk for developing the flesh-eating disease but additional ways of contracting the disease should not be ignored

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - We have all read the horror stories of a person developing necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh-eating disease, from an infected cut or an open wound. It has now come to the attention of the medical community that people that take a certain form of diabetic medication called SGLT2 blockers such as Invokana can also develop a form of flesh-eating disease of the genitals, one of the more insidious ways necrotizing fasciitis called Fournier's gangrene occur.

Fournier's gangrene is a rare but deadly infection of the perineum, the area between the anus and the scrotum, that can lead to genital mutilation and possibly amputation. The FDA recently issued a warning linking patients taking SGLT2 blocker medication to be the ones that are the most at risk of developing the condition. Fournier's gangrene is a rapidly advancing and unmistakable condition as a flesh-eating bacteria devours the flesh immediately in between the anus and testicles. Like an out-of-control forest fire, the only way to treat Fournier's gangrene is to cut away healthy tissue in the path of the advancing disease (debridement) much like the way Forrest fighters burn down an area of woods in the path of an advancing fire. Although the FDA identified 12 cases of Fournier's gangrene there may, in fact, be hundreds more that have been mistaken as merely necrotizing fasciitis such as cases of necrotizing fasciitis reported as negligence on the part of a nursing home caring for diabetic patients. Fournier gangrene attorneys representing families in the United States are offering a free consultation before filing a lawsuit claim.

Florida nursing homes should be alerted that their diabetic patients may develop Fournier's gangrene. Thousands of senior citizens with diabetes are elderly and living in nursing homes. One of the most vital functions of nursing home staff is attending to the medical needs of their clients and that goes double for making sure that clients are taking the appropriate medications, the appropriate dosages and at the appropriate time. No medicine is more prescribed to nursing home patients than diabetes medications and nursing home personnel should be made aware of the risks they present to patients. The state of Florida has more diabetic nursing home patients than any other state and should be alerted that their diabetic patients may develop Fournier's gangrene. Most diabetic patients taking SGLT2 blocker drugs like Invokana should be concerned that they may at risk for developing the flesh-eating disease.

And if that was not enough, a type of Fournier's gangrene may be developing that can be spread through having intercourse as a form of sexually transmitted infection (STI). Doctors in England recently diagnosed a young woman with a condition called Donovanosis, an infection that if left untreated could, according to pharmacists interviewed on Fox 5 News "cause the flesh around the genitals to literally rot away." The News reports that in the past the STI had been limited to "India, New Guinea, parts of the Caribbean, central Australia and southern Africa" but could now be making its way around the world. Like other forms of necrotizing fasciitis, Donovanosis is characterized by the unmistakably foul smell of rotting flesh and is treated the same with debridement and broad-spectrum antibiotics both topically and intravenously.

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