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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is gas gangrene?

This is a serious and potentially deadly bacterial infection (clostridial bacteria) that involves the deeper layers of the skin. Patients with poorly controlled diabetes and a poor immune system are at increased risk.

Symptoms related to gas gangrene

  • Affected area of skin has stinging or tingling

  • Fever

  • Muscle pain in the limbs when pressed or squeezed

  • Feeling the need to pass motion even though nothing comes out

  • Swelling of any body part

Questions your doctor may ask to check for gas gangrene

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose gas gangrene

  • Do you have any pain or tingling in the affected areas of the skin?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have pain in the arm and the leg when they are grasped?

  • Do you often have the urge to pass motion but are unable to do so?

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

Treatment for gas gangrene

This requires emergency medical care for early surgery and strong antibiotics. Sometimes, multiple surgeries are needed to control the infection.

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