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Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is necrotizing fasciitis?

This is a serious and potentially fatal bacterial infection that affects the deeper layers of the skin. Patients with poorly managed diabetes and a weak immune system are at a higher risk.

Symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis

  • Fever

  • Blisters

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Muscle pain in the limbs when pressed or squeezed

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

  • History of diabetes or pre-diabetes

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Swelling of any body part

Questions your doctor may ask to check for necrotizing fasciitis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have skin blisters?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you feel pain in your arm and leg when they are grasped?

  • Do your arms and/or legs hurt?

Treatment for necrotizing fasciitis

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

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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