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2012-05-10 12:21:27 AM  

brigid_fitch: EdNortonsTwin: I just made the mistake of doing a GIS on necrotizing fasciitis, hoping to see the critters...I ended up getting photos of people who caught it.

holy fark

Don't take cuts, and open sores lightly.

You're gawdamn right!

I freak out at recluse spider bite GISes. I'm not brave enough to do one on this stuff.

Note: DO NOT do a GIS on recluse spider bites. Its venom is much like a flesh-eating bacteria. My father nearly died from it. Seriously.


I shudder when I think what might have happened to me...

One morning, I was putting air in the tires of my bike which I kept parked in my apartment. I was down on one knee, with my face fairly near the tire while I worked the pump. Suddenly, I noticed a little movement out of the corner of my eye.

There, not one inch from my cheek, sitting on the tire, was a brown recluse spider.

I was smart enough to keep my wits about me, and backed away slowly so as not to startle it. I grabbed an empty butter tub and managed to scoop the spider-- a fair-sized specimen, about the size of a nickel-- into it. I took it outside near the river and dropped the spider into a patch of grass.

I still think about it to this day... If that spider had decided to go for my face, I wouldn't be as pretty as I am right now. I'd probably have a hole in my cheek, or some serious cosmetic surgery. I was literally an inch away from permanent facial disfigurement, or possibly death.

And yet, I'm glad I didn't squash it. It didn't harm me, and I didn't harm it. Nature was kind to both of us, that day.
 
2012-05-10 12:25:05 AM  

foxyshadis: Genevieve Marie: Yea, I read this story and then immediately told my boyfriend that if I ever contract flesh eating virus, have a leg amputated at the hip, and my heart stops during the process... sign a DNR and let me go man, because I'm gone.

Doctors and family members would rather you live your whole life as bitter and angry as Lieutenant Dan than let go, and think you should be eternally grateful to them for prolonging a life you hate, so he'll never be informed or get that choice until they already have you hooked up to the ICU.


you know how I know you're full of shiat? because more often than not it's the doctors and nurses saying to each other "what is this family doing? they have to let him/her go" when families keep asking for everything to be done and every person in the ICU staff knows they're just being asked to prolong the inevitable.

As a matter of fact, this very scenario repeats itself SO frequently, I decided against a critical care fellowship because of it.

/but you have your opinion.
 
2012-05-10 12:27:29 AM  

JaaVaa: Hey MADD, maybe you should find a new evil entity?


Why does it always have to be one or the other?

Or maybe that drunk driving is 100% preventable. Bacterial infections aren't.
 
2012-05-10 12:27:42 AM  

Mock26: If I remember correctly there are something like 1,500-2,000 people a year die of this in America. And, the bacteria can be found pretty much everywhere, including in your home right now. Sleep soundly tonight, Farkers.


From PHAC 1,800 invasive S. pyogenes disease-related deaths are reported in the USA yearly, necrotizing fasciitis kills about 30% of patients and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome has a mortality rate of 30-70%

More impressive is
There are at least 517,000 deaths globally each year due to severe S. pyogenes infections and rheumatic fever disease alone causes 233,000 deaths...A common entry point for the bacteria is through a wound such as a burn, cut, scrape, or insect bite. Within 24 hours after the bacteria have entered the wound, swelling, heat, redness, and tenderness spread quickly from the original wound site. Within 24 to 48 hours after spreading, the redness may darken to purple and then to blue. Blisters containing yellow fluid may also form. Within 4 to 5 days after the initial infection, gangrene develops. Within 7 to 10 days, dead skin separates from healthy skin as the infection continues to spread into other tissue. Certain strains of bacteria (such as streptococci) can be more aggressive, shortening the entire process to 2 to 4 days.

But at least Subby doesn't need to worry about this...
The pathogen can be found in its carrier state in the anus, vagina, skin and pharynx and contact with these surfaces can spread the infection
 
2012-05-10 12:27:54 AM  

The Shatner Incident: Necrotizing fasciitis is no goddamn joke. It is the stuff of nightmares, right up there with bacterial meningitis.


Well, this is Fark, so both of those are jokes. And damn funny jokes, too!

Example: On the bright side Aimee just lost about 15+ pounds in three days. That is a pretty good diet!
 
2012-05-10 12:28:23 AM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: the article basically said that flesh eating disease and gangrene were the same thing.

I thought people got gangrene from freezing toes and losing blood circulation to the area, and the tissue starts to die....


This is why Fark holds reporters in as much respect as they do. Technically, the flesh eating causes gangrene, because gangrene is defined only as "lots of dead tissue" no matter how you get it. What most people think of as gangrene is dry gangrene, where tissue just starves to death. Bedsores are wet gangrene, where moisture lets bacteria thrive. And flesh eating is gas gangrene, because it's actually the highly toxic gases released as a byproduct traveling through the bloodstream that kills tissue in a hurry, not the bacteria actually feeding on it. Exact same mechanism that causes bodies to bloat up when left out after death.
 
2012-05-10 12:28:33 AM  
Does she have to change her name to Ilene now?


/aisle seat plz
 
2012-05-10 12:33:54 AM  

Mock26: The Shatner Incident: Necrotizing fasciitis is no goddamn joke. It is the stuff of nightmares, right up there with bacterial meningitis.

Well, this is Fark, so both of those are jokes. And damn funny jokes, too!

Example: On the bright side Aimee just lost about 15+ pounds in three days. That is a pretty good diet!


True. True. I forgot where I was for a moment. Carry on, Farkers. :D
 
2012-05-10 12:34:14 AM  

EnderX: Does she have to change her name to Ilene now?


/aisle seat plz



Let me guess, IHOP is her favorite place to eat.
 
2012-05-10 12:37:02 AM  

JaaVaa: Mock26: If I remember correctly there are something like 1,500-2,000 people a year die of this in America. And, the bacteria can be found pretty much everywhere, including in your home right now. Sleep soundly tonight, Farkers.

From PHAC 1,800 invasive S. pyogenes disease-related deaths are reported in the USA yearly, necrotizing fasciitis kills about 30% of patients and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome has a mortality rate of 30-70%

More impressive is
There are at least 517,000 deaths globally each year due to severe S. pyogenes infections and rheumatic fever disease alone causes 233,000 deaths...A common entry point for the bacteria is through a wound such as a burn, cut, scrape, or insect bite. Within 24 hours after the bacteria have entered the wound, swelling, heat, redness, and tenderness spread quickly from the original wound site. Within 24 to 48 hours after spreading, the redness may darken to purple and then to blue. Blisters containing yellow fluid may also form. Within 4 to 5 days after the initial infection, gangrene develops. Within 7 to 10 days, dead skin separates from healthy skin as the infection continues to spread into other tissue. Certain strains of bacteria (such as streptococci) can be more aggressive, shortening the entire process to 2 to 4 days.

But at least Subby doesn't need to worry about this...
The pathogen can be found in its carrier state in the anus, vagina, skin and pharynx and contact with these surfaces can spread the infection


Subby's headline was very funny, though, so we can forgive him if he does not worry about this. And quite frankly, I do not worry about it because it really is a non-issue. 500,000 a year out of 6.8 billion is something like 0.0001%. That does not even register as a blip on the radar and is hardly anything to be concerned about.
 
2012-05-10 12:37:50 AM  
Will she change her name to Eileen?
 
2012-05-10 12:38:32 AM  
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Narrator: An attempt to make a bad day better becomes a descent into madness on 'I Should Have Never Thought Horseback Riding Would Be Any Better Than Ziplining.'
 
2012-05-10 12:39:04 AM  

austin_millbarge: JaaVaa: Hey MADD, maybe you should find a new evil entity?

Why does it always have to be one or the other?

Or maybe that drunk driving is 100% preventable. Bacterial infections aren't.


Not really the mutually exclusive thing, just hinting that there are many more awful things in the world that people should pay attention to.

For instance, the fact that Meningitis still plagues Africa even though vaccines cost $0.50 a piece. If the MADD and other organizations put the money from a couple commercials of their advertising campaign towards that, it probably wouldn't exist today. Idk, just stuff to keep in mind.

Thankfully, mindful people like the Gates family realize that the world is more important than just US, and non-invasive, altruistic donations like that go a long ways (rather than this KONY crap).
 
2012-05-10 12:42:43 AM  

The Shatner Incident: Mock26: The Shatner Incident: Necrotizing fasciitis is no goddamn joke. It is the stuff of nightmares, right up there with bacterial meningitis.

Well, this is Fark, so both of those are jokes. And damn funny jokes, too!

Example: On the bright side Aimee just lost about 15+ pounds in three days. That is a pretty good diet!

True. True. I forgot where I was for a moment. Carry on, Farkers. :D


I think you're only accounting for the leg, you forgot she has systemic necrotizing fasciitis, I'd hack another 5 or so off that 15 lb guesstimate for the leg
/hell
//sprinting
///sadface
 
2012-05-10 12:43:01 AM  

Mock26: Will she change her name to Eileen?



Damn, missed EnderX's post.
 
2012-05-10 12:46:53 AM  

rga184: you know how I know you're full of shiat? because more often than not it's the doctors and nurses saying to each other "what is this family doing? they have to let him/her go" when families keep asking for everything to be done and every person in the ICU staff knows they're just being asked to prolong the inevitable.

As a matter of fact, this very scenario repeats itself SO frequently, I decided against a critical care fellowship because of it.

/but you have your opinion.


Yes. It's probably different everywhere, but in Texas my aunt had to fight twice to let two of my cousins go. For her oldest, who lasted much longer, the primary doctor implied that she was robbing him of a chance to live with new experimental cancer drugs coming down the line. That's about as cruel as you can get when someone's in constant pain, and yeah, it kind of affects how I see doctors.

Admittedly, my grandfather had bad diabetes from all the years of trucking and it was pretty well obvious that it was time to go to everyone, and a cousin-in-law who died of a sudden brain hemorrhage didn't get kept on the ventilator for more than a couple of days, and those were both in Oregon, so obviously we have nothing more than a plural of anecdote here.
 
2012-05-10 12:47:04 AM  

nekulor: Natural carrier of strep pyo and staph aureus in my nasal cavity. Probably why I constantly get sinus shiat. It's also the reason I rarely get any other kind of bacterial infection apparently (barring blood-borne) . The other two species viciously out-compete invasive bacterial strains.


2 years ago I had this "thing" that made my nose stink. It was like this farking infection that made some kinda smell in my nose. I like to suck on sugarless cough drops so I assumed it was that. I changed brands and stuff, thinking it was that but it kept coming back. I finally had it checked out after it wouldn't let up. I'd blow my nose and it smelt like sewage. It turned out I had some infection in my sinuses for like over a year. Farking viruses will stay for ever if you don't anti bionic its ass. The doc asked me why I waited so long. The intake nurse had his nose broken several times and had a continuing problem with sinus infections and knew exactly what I had. yeah,,, that was farked up. If you smell something in your head,, get it checked. It won't just go away.
 
2012-05-10 12:50:26 AM  
For Future Reference:
Politely ask the medical assistant/nurse/doctor to WASH their hands before they touch you. FMGs (foreign medical graduates,) esp "doctors" trained in Pakistan, India, or other third world countries, have little regard for cleanliness...seems to be a passing thought at best. Hospital admins and infectious disease directors have to fudge their data constantly to cover up all the iatrogenic infections at their facilities. Even your sweet, friendly, family doctor who means well enough, has not likely washed up before coming in the room. God forbid he/she wash their lab coat this month. But FMGs are the worst. Toilet paper? WTF? I have a left hand to do the trick.

/This is 20 years of direct, personal observation in a variety of hospital settings talking here.
 
2012-05-10 12:57:04 AM  

voodoomedic: For Future Reference:
Politely ask the medical assistant/nurse/doctor to WASH their hands before they touch you. FMGs (foreign medical graduates,) esp "doctors" trained in Pakistan, India, or other third world countries, have little regard for cleanliness...seems to be a passing thought at best. Hospital admins and infectious disease directors have to fudge their data constantly to cover up all the iatrogenic infections at their facilities. Even your sweet, friendly, family doctor who means well enough, has not likely washed up before coming in the room. God forbid he/she wash their lab coat this month. But FMGs are the worst. Toilet paper? WTF? I have a left hand to do the trick.

/This is 20 years of direct, personal observation in a variety of hospital settings talking here.


20 years of direct, personal observation of witch-doctors that is. Maybe if you'd ever worked outside of Haiti we'd believe you?
 
2012-05-10 01:02:42 AM  

Genevieve Marie: Yea, I read this story and then immediately told my boyfriend that if I ever contract flesh eating virus, have a leg amputated at the hip, and my heart stops during the process... sign a DNR and let me go man, because I'm gone.


many medical professionals feel the same as you. don't leave the responsibility to someone else. draw up the proper papers, have them signed witnessed stamped by a notary public. distribute copies to the key people in your life. i've even read there are young MD's who get 'do not dnr' tattoos; don't know if its true.
 
2012-05-10 01:02:42 AM  
I wonder what the hell happened during her ziplining that caused an injury that bad.
 
2012-05-10 01:02:48 AM  

brigid_fitch: 3 days and they have to amputate her leg to the hip? Christ, that's FAST. Poor woman.

On a slightly related note, since it's so fast, would flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis work on zombies?


Heard it moves an inch an hour when it's in full gallop.

Which sounds about right, calf to hip, and sounds like it might have already been PAST the hip when they amputated. Not much else they could do, though.
 
2012-05-10 01:05:42 AM  

pedrop357: I wonder what the hell happened during her ziplining that caused an injury that bad.


Farking Geico pig slashed her with a pinwheel.
 
2012-05-10 01:05:56 AM  

scalpod: voodoomedic: For Future Reference:
Politely ask the medical assistant/nurse/doctor to WASH their hands before they touch you. FMGs (foreign medical graduates,) esp "doctors" trained in Pakistan, India, or other third world countries, have little regard for cleanliness...seems to be a passing thought at best. Hospital admins and infectious disease directors have to fudge their data constantly to cover up all the iatrogenic infections at their facilities. Even your sweet, friendly, family doctor who means well enough, has not likely washed up before coming in the room. God forbid he/she wash their lab coat this month. But FMGs are the worst. Toilet paper? WTF? I have a left hand to do the trick.

/This is 20 years of direct, personal observation in a variety of hospital settings talking here.

20 years of direct, personal observation of witch-doctors that is. Maybe if you'd ever worked outside of Haiti we'd believe you?


ROFL. Spoiler, he's a bigot. Although, to be fair, I don't really like ANY doctors, but that's a totally different kind of prejudice.
 
2012-05-10 01:08:30 AM  

pedrop357: I wonder what the hell happened during her ziplining that caused an injury that bad.


The zipline snapped and she cut her calf.

The original injury wasn't terrible- it was a staple it up, give you some advil and send you on your way kind of thing.

What got her was the infection.
 
2012-05-10 01:12:33 AM  

RexTalionis: Fun fact: Necrotizing fasciitis is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes which is commonly found on your skin and in your throat.

Sweet dreams.


And in hospitals
 
2012-05-10 01:24:19 AM  

ununcle: nekulor: Natural carrier of strep pyo and staph aureus in my nasal cavity. Probably why I constantly get sinus shiat. It's also the reason I rarely get any other kind of bacterial infection apparently (barring blood-borne) . The other two species viciously out-compete invasive bacterial strains.

2 years ago I had this "thing" that made my nose stink. It was like this farking infection that made some kinda smell in my nose. I like to suck on sugarless cough drops so I assumed it was that. I changed brands and stuff, thinking it was that but it kept coming back. I finally had it checked out after it wouldn't let up. I'd blow my nose and it smelt like sewage. It turned out I had some infection in my sinuses for like over a year. Farking viruses will stay for ever if you don't anti bionic its ass. The doc asked me why I waited so long. The intake nurse had his nose broken several times and had a continuing problem with sinus infections and knew exactly what I had. yeah,,, that was farked up. If you smell something in your head,, get it checked. It won't just go away.



Um... why would antibiotics help with a viral infection?
 
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2012-05-10 01:38:39 AM  

JaaVaa: Fun fact: Drunk driving kills approximately 11,000 people per year, whereas S. pyogenes is linked to about 163,000 deaths per year. AKA, S. pyogenes kills about 15x as many people per year as drunk drivers.

Hey MADD, maybe you should find a new evil entity?


False dichotomy. The choice to fight against one ill, especially an entirely man-made one, does not preclude one from fighting against the other.

I just wish that MADD hadn't gone psycho and turned itself into a temperance movement. The whole point originally was that drinking in of itself was not bad and that the actions of some of those who had been drinking were the problem. Now any alcohol is interpreted as bad, whether or not one will drive or otherwise do something that is a danger to others while intoxicated.
 
2012-05-10 01:40:10 AM  

doglover: ununcle: nekulor: Natural carrier of strep pyo and staph aureus in my nasal cavity. Probably why I constantly get sinus shiat. It's also the reason I rarely get any other kind of bacterial infection apparently (barring blood-borne) . The other two species viciously out-compete invasive bacterial strains.

2 years ago I had this "thing" that made my nose stink. It was like this farking infection that made some kinda smell in my nose. I like to suck on sugarless cough drops so I assumed it was that. I changed brands and stuff, thinking it was that but it kept coming back. I finally had it checked out after it wouldn't let up. I'd blow my nose and it smelt like sewage. It turned out I had some infection in my sinuses for like over a year. Farking viruses will stay for ever if you don't anti bionic its ass. The doc asked me why I waited so long. The intake nurse had his nose broken several times and had a continuing problem with sinus infections and knew exactly what I had. yeah,,, that was farked up. If you smell something in your head,, get it checked. It won't just go away.


Um... why would antibiotics help with a viral infection?


All I know, Is I had some farking thing in my nose that smelled bad. For almost a year. I'm not a doctor or anything, but I eventually went to an ER and got some antibiotics and it cleared it out. The ER nurse who was a guy told me he had sinus problems and it may come back. He said he got it all the time and ended up having some type of surgery. I took the pills an it went away. It hasn't come back. This was about 10 months ago. That's all I got.
 
2012-05-10 01:42:12 AM  

foxyshadis: Third_Uncle_Eno: the article basically said that flesh eating disease and gangrene were the same thing.

I thought people got gangrene from freezing toes and losing blood circulation to the area, and the tissue starts to die....

This is why Fark holds reporters in as much respect as they do. Technically, the flesh eating causes gangrene, because gangrene is defined only as "lots of dead tissue" no matter how you get it. What most people think of as gangrene is dry gangrene, where tissue just starves to death. Bedsores are wet gangrene, where moisture lets bacteria thrive. And flesh eating is gas gangrene, because it's actually the highly toxic gases released as a byproduct traveling through the bloodstream that kills tissue in a hurry, not the bacteria actually feeding on it. Exact same mechanism that causes bodies to bloat up when left out after death.


Today I learned of Fournier's Gangrene.

I hope to be able to sleep again some time next month.
 
2012-05-10 01:44:11 AM  
FTA: She went back to the hospital the next day and was given antibiotics, but by Friday she was too pale to move and had to be taken to the hospital again, by a friend.

So are we talking ginger levels of pale here, or flat out albino? I mean, being mostly Irish, I'm pretty pale, but it's never impeded my ability to walk.
 
2012-05-10 01:48:19 AM  

RexTalionis: Fun fact: Necrotizing fasciitis is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes which is commonly found on your skin and in your throat.

Sweet dreams.


Yeah, but scientists haven't quite figured out what makes strep bacteria go from "not a nice infection" to "I WILL EAT YOU ALIVE". Probably a perfect storm of bacteria aiding eachother, the reason why it's rare.
 
2012-05-10 01:51:21 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: foxyshadis: Third_Uncle_Eno: the article basically said that flesh eating disease and gangrene were the same thing.

I thought people got gangrene from freezing toes and losing blood circulation to the area, and the tissue starts to die....

This is why Fark holds reporters in as much respect as they do. Technically, the flesh eating causes gangrene, because gangrene is defined only as "lots of dead tissue" no matter how you get it. What most people think of as gangrene is dry gangrene, where tissue just starves to death. Bedsores are wet gangrene, where moisture lets bacteria thrive. And flesh eating is gas gangrene, because it's actually the highly toxic gases released as a byproduct traveling through the bloodstream that kills tissue in a hurry, not the bacteria actually feeding on it. Exact same mechanism that causes bodies to bloat up when left out after death.

Today I learned of Fournier's Gangrene.

I hope to be able to sleep again some time next month.


Yeah, just read about it like 5 minutes ago. I will be dousing from front to back with liberal amounts of rubbing alcohol.
 
2012-05-10 01:58:39 AM  

EdNortonsTwin: Does anyone care to chime in on if this really helps keep bacteria and virus at bay?


Lots and lots of alcohol. Whiskey is a good start. Though I've also heard a lot of alcohol will increase the acid levels in your digestive system.
 
2012-05-10 02:03:29 AM  
adding... I enjoyed this last season of South Park, but it seemed like they had various problems with the storytelling. The last one was the only one that they put together a tight 3 acts.
 
2012-05-10 02:07:18 AM  

ununcle: doglover: ununcle: nekulor: Natural carrier of strep pyo and staph aureus in my nasal cavity. Probably why I constantly get sinus shiat. It's also the reason I rarely get any other kind of bacterial infection apparently (barring blood-borne) . The other two species viciously out-compete invasive bacterial strains.

2 years ago I had this "thing" that made my nose stink. It was like this farking infection that made some kinda smell in my nose. I like to suck on sugarless cough drops so I assumed it was that. I changed brands and stuff, thinking it was that but it kept coming back. I finally had it checked out after it wouldn't let up. I'd blow my nose and it smelt like sewage. It turned out I had some infection in my sinuses for like over a year. Farking viruses will stay for ever if you don't anti bionic its ass. The doc asked me why I waited so long. The intake nurse had his nose broken several times and had a continuing problem with sinus infections and knew exactly what I had. yeah,,, that was farked up. If you smell something in your head,, get it checked. It won't just go away.


Um... why would antibiotics help with a viral infection?

All I know, Is I had some farking thing in my nose that smelled bad. For almost a year. I'm not a doctor or anything, but I eventually went to an ER and got some antibiotics and it cleared it out. The ER nurse who was a guy told me he had sinus problems and it may come back. He said he got it all the time and ended up having some type of surgery. I took the pills an it went away. It hasn't come back. This was about 10 months ago. That's all I got.


That's a nasty sinus infection. Most of what I get is pretty normal, If it smelled like sewage though, it probably was a bacterium with the ability to do a little bit of necrosis in your nose. Luckily, being epidermal cells, your nose regenerates tissue like it's going out of style, so the bacterium probably never caused you too many issues. However, you get a nasty one and those things will literally eat through your sinuses until they break the blood-brain barrier and cause you to have real problems in your head. This is incredibly rare, but terrifying.
 
2012-05-10 02:08:40 AM  
For the layperson, my last post is referring to bacterial meningitis. Here's an article on it: http://iai.asm.org/content/69/9/5217.short
 
2012-05-10 02:34:44 AM  

nekulor: ununcle: doglover: ununcle: nekulor: Natural carrier of strep pyo and staph aureus in my nasal cavity. Probably why I constantly get sinus shiat. It's also the reason I rarely get any other kind of bacterial infection apparently (barring blood-borne) . The other two species viciously out-compete invasive bacterial strains.

2 years ago I had this "thing" that made my nose stink. It was like this farking infection that made some kinda smell in my nose. I like to suck on sugarless cough drops so I assumed it was that. I changed brands and stuff, thinking it was that but it kept coming back. I finally had it checked out after it wouldn't let up. I'd blow my nose and it smelt like sewage. It turned out I had some infection in my sinuses for like over a year. Farking viruses will stay for ever if you don't anti bionic its ass. The doc asked me why I waited so long. The intake nurse had his nose broken several times and had a continuing problem with sinus infections and knew exactly what I had. yeah,,, that was farked up. If you smell something in your head,, get it checked. It won't just go away.


Um... why would antibiotics help with a viral infection?

All I know, Is I had some farking thing in my nose that smelled bad. For almost a year. I'm not a doctor or anything, but I eventually went to an ER and got some antibiotics and it cleared it out. The ER nurse who was a guy told me he had sinus problems and it may come back. He said he got it all the time and ended up having some type of surgery. I took the pills an it went away. It hasn't come back. This was about 10 months ago. That's all I got.

That's a nasty sinus infection. Most of what I get is pretty normal, If it smelled like sewage though, it probably was a bacterium with the ability to do a little bit of necrosis in your nose. Luckily, being epidermal cells, your nose regenerates tissue like it's going out of style, so the bacterium probably never caused you too many issues. However, you get a nasty one an ...


It was farking wacked. I was actually removing lead paint from a house so I was wearing a respirator. I kept smelling this rancid smell so I thoght the cough drops were bad so I threw out the bag. Then whenI was done with that job, I didn't notice it because I wasn't wearing the respirator. Then like 3 months later I smelled the same thing and blew my nose and it stank. I was like WTF!!! Am I dying!!! I still waited thinking maybe it was cough drops because I had another bag in my junk drawer. I finally went to the ER when I had a tooth ache and sure enough it was a sinus infection. I had the farking thing for like a year.
 
2012-05-10 02:41:29 AM  

doglover: Um... why would antibiotics help with a viral infection?


By the way,, I did hear that. The doctor told me the anti biotics might not help so your not wrong. But they did and its gone. I'm not sure what that means for this condition, but it's been gone for like a year.
 
2012-05-10 02:41:46 AM  

JaaVaa: Fun fact: Drunk driving kills approximately 11,000 people per year, whereas S. pyogenes is linked to about 163,000 deaths per year. AKA, S. pyogenes kills about 15x as many people per year as drunk drivers.

Hey MADD, maybe you should find a new evil entity?


You're comparing the number of drunk driving deaths in the USA to the global deaths from S. pyogenes.

1,800 invasive S. pyogenes disease-related deaths are reported in the USA yearly.
 
2012-05-10 02:54:38 AM  

JaaVaa: Fun fact: Drunk driving kills approximately 11,000 people per year, whereas S. pyogenes is linked to about 163,000 deaths per year. AKA, S. pyogenes kills about 15x as many people per year as drunk drivers.

Hey MADD, maybe you should find a new evil entity?


Wait a minute, are you actually comparing the number of drunk driving deaths in America to the number of S. pyogenes deaths in the entire world?
 
2012-05-10 03:02:16 AM  

magneticmushroom: FTA: She went back to the hospital the next day and was given antibiotics, but by Friday she was too pale to move and had to be taken to the hospital again, by a friend.

So are we talking ginger levels of pale here, or flat out albino? I mean, being mostly Irish, I'm pretty pale, but it's never impeded my ability to walk.


It is a medical condition where the person becomes so pale that they turn white, but it is only serious if they are on something white, like sheets. Then they cannot be seen so they are considered "too pale to move." Usually in those situations the person is doused with some sort of a dye to make their skin visible. Or, in extreme emergencies paramedics or whoever is on the scene can just bundle up all of the linens, take them to the hospital, and let the doctors try and find the patient. It can be a particularly unpleasant scene to witness.
 
2012-05-10 03:21:32 AM  

voodoomedic: For Future Reference:
Politely ask the medical assistant/nurse/doctor to WASH their hands before they touch you. FMGs (foreign medical graduates,) esp "doctors" trained in Pakistan, India, or other third world countries, have little regard for cleanliness...seems to be a passing thought at best. Hospital admins and infectious disease directors have to fudge their data constantly to cover up all the iatrogenic infections at their facilities. Even your sweet, friendly, family doctor who means well enough, has not likely washed up before coming in the room. God forbid he/she wash their lab coat this month. But FMGs are the worst. Toilet paper? WTF? I have a left hand to do the trick.

/This is 20 years of direct, personal observation in a variety of hospital settings talking here.


Multiple citations needed to back up your claims.
 
2012-05-10 04:06:01 AM  
I would like to eat her out.
 
2012-05-10 05:29:33 AM  

ununcle: doglover: Um... why would antibiotics help with a viral infection?

By the way,, I did hear that. The doctor told me the anti biotics might not help so your not wrong. But they did and its gone. I'm not sure what that means for this condition, but it's been gone for like a year.


If it was bacterial, there's still a decent chance that antibiotics wouldn't do a whole lot. They seem to be of somewhat limited use in the case of sinus infections. I quit bothering to go to the doctor when I get another one, unless it lingers for more than a week - I've had to jump to the atom bombs of antibiotics to have them be of any use on the damn things. Not worth building up more antibiotic resistance if I can avoid it, especially when it generally clears up on its own in less than a week.
 
2012-05-10 05:38:13 AM  

LadyBelgara: ununcle: doglover: Um... why would antibiotics help with a viral infection?

By the way,, I did hear that. The doctor told me the anti biotics might not help so your not wrong. But they did and its gone. I'm not sure what that means for this condition, but it's been gone for like a year.

If it was bacterial, there's still a decent chance that antibiotics wouldn't do a whole lot. They seem to be of somewhat limited use in the case of sinus infections. I quit bothering to go to the doctor when I get another one, unless it lingers for more than a week - I've had to jump to the atom bombs of antibiotics to have them be of any use on the damn things. Not worth building up more antibiotic resistance if I can avoid it, especially when it generally clears up on its own in less than a week.


What do you mean? You just keep stinky nose?
 
2012-05-10 06:07:18 AM  

Big Ramifications: I would like to eat her out.


Get in line. The flesh eating bacteria had that idea first.
 
2012-05-10 06:18:19 AM  

ZeroCorpse: brigid_fitch: EdNortonsTwin: I just made the mistake of doing a GIS on necrotizing fasciitis, hoping to see the critters...I ended up getting photos of people who caught it.

holy fark

Don't take cuts, and open sores lightly.

You're gawdamn right!

I freak out at recluse spider bite GISes. I'm not brave enough to do one on this stuff.

Note: DO NOT do a GIS on recluse spider bites. Its venom is much like a flesh-eating bacteria. My father nearly died from it. Seriously.

I shudder when I think what might have happened to me...

One morning, I was putting air in the tires of my bike which I kept parked in my apartment. I was down on one knee, with my face fairly near the tire while I worked the pump. Suddenly, I noticed a little movement out of the corner of my eye.

There, not one inch from my cheek, sitting on the tire, was a brown recluse spider.

I was smart enough to keep my wits about me, and backed away slowly so as not to startle it. I grabbed an empty butter tub and managed to scoop the spider-- a fair-sized specimen, about the size of a nickel-- into it. I took it outside near the river and dropped the spider into a patch of grass.

I still think about it to this day... If that spider had decided to go for my face, I wouldn't be as pretty as I am right now. I'd probably have a hole in my cheek, or some serious cosmetic surgery. I was literally an inch away from permanent facial disfigurement, or possibly death.

And yet, I'm glad I didn't squash it. It didn't harm me, and I didn't harm it. Nature was kind to both of us, that day.


Dude! Kill that shiat! I know my spiders, I don't kill the ones that won't kill (or severely harm) me or mine. Brown recluse? Not even a second thought. Then again, I've also got a toddler in the house...
 
2012-05-10 06:42:50 AM  

Genevieve Marie: Yea, I read this story and then immediately told my boyfriend that if I ever contract flesh eating virus, have a leg amputated at the hip, and my heart stops during the process... sign a DNR and let me go man, because I'm gone.


are you serious? she's 24. you would give up on life at 24 because you lost a leg?
 
2012-05-10 06:52:06 AM  
Lil' Brudder?
 
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