- First, let it
be said that there is no sure prevention. Necrotizing fasciitis
has been known to be spontaneous. A bruise or abrasion are
all the "opening" in the skin necessary for bacteria
to enter. However, there are some things you can do decrease
- The single biggest
preventative measure is keeping the skin intact!
- Next is
cleanliness. Always wash even the smallest opening in the
skin and apply an antibiotic ointment. Buy tubes of antibiotic
ointment and keep one in your car, your desk, your exercise
bag, and at home.
- Take care with
your children, impressing upon them the importance of cleanliness.
- Be respectful
to protect others from infection if you suspect that you
may have a Strep infection, such as Strep throat, or have
been exposed to someone with a known Strep infection. Symptoms
do not have to be present for a person to be carrying the
bacteria and infect others. One case of infection that comes
to mind is a health care worker with two children at home
with Strep throat. She had no symptoms, but innocently infected
three people, one of whom died.
These simple measures
are the most protection one can give oneself against any infection.
It just can't be stressed enough, however, that a pin
prick (one woman became infected at the point of entry from a blood
draw) can be the opening it takes.