The Flesh-Eating Disease Could Grow Exponentially in Summer of 2020

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The People should not focus on the genital flesh-eating disease called Fournier's Gangrene only as SGLT2 drugs may cause the disease in any part of the body

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - A form of the flesh-eating disease called Fournier's Gangrene has garnered some media attention over the last couple of years since the US Food and Drug Administration uncovered 55 cases of the genital-rotting disease in their MAUDE database of public medical complaints. Having read and then written many articles on the subject I am led to believe, as the FDA reported, that the disease may be caused by a drug diabetic patients take that compromises their immune system called SGLT2 blocker drugs. Diabetics take SGLT2 drugs such as Invokana to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels instead of having to inject themselves daily with insulin.

Fournier's Gangrene starts with a reddening, soreness, and swelling of the perineum, the area of the body in between the anus and scrotum in men and anus and vulva in women. In men, the disease quickly spreads to the scrotum and penis swelling them to grotesque size if left untreated with massive doses of intravenous antibiotics. In October of 2019, the New York Post, never a bastion of conservative understatement, wrote an article entitled "Man's testicles swell to basketball size due to rare condition." The report included x-ray images of what the newspaper was referring to. The Post reported: "A Panama man shocked medical professionals after he showed up at the hospital with testicles as large as soccer balls. Their massive size was the result of a rare condition that required doctors to perform emergency surgery to relieve him of his burden."

The Post claimed that Fournier's Gangrene was the result of poor hygiene and sanitation in Panama, the country where the patient lived but failed to mention the diabetes drug connection. Limiting the cause of Fournier's Gangrene to those living in third-world conditions is dangerous, however, and fails to account for the recent outbreak of necrotizing fasciitis that hit the United States in the summer of 2019. There is fear that the outbreak of the flesh-eating disease could grow exponentially in the summer of 2020 as warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida, and up the East Coast could breed even deadlier levels of the streptococcus bacteria believed responsible for causing necrosis. The underlying condition of all flesh-eating diseases, not just Fournier's Gangrene could be the abuse of diabetic SGLT2 drugs and they could cause the flesh-eating disease wherever there is a break in the skin be it on a finger, foot, or leg.

Individuals with Fournier's Gangrene of any form of necrotizing fasciitis should suspect their diabetic drugs as being the cause of weakening their immune system to the point that the necrosis can enter and spread. If you have endured the insidious disease or have had a loved one who has passed away, you may consult a Fournier Gangrene attorney to see if you qualify to file a claim against the maker of the diabetes drug they were taking.

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