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- Jan 18 2018
WHAT IS GANGRENE?
Gangrene is a condition that most commonly affects the fingers, toes and limbs when the tissues die. The tissues dies due to lack of blood supply which is usually due to an illness, injection or injury. This can also develop internally and cause permanent damage to organs and muscle.
Blood is very important for the functioning of human body. It transports all nutrients and oxygen required for cell growth and survival. Lack or difficulty of blood flow prevents antibodies form protecting the body from infections and causes death of tissues due to gangrene. Any constriction to blood flow increases risk of gangrene:
- Blocked arteries
- Weak immunity
Symptoms and warnings
- Dry skin that changes colour to blue-black
- Numb skin
- Swelling and pain
- Low BP
- Pale and clod skin
- Rapid heartbeat
It is extremely important to treat gangrene as soon as it is detected to prevent it from spreading and causing permanent damage. If not paid attention to, gangrene can affect organs and can even lead to amputation or death.
Depending on the type and extent of the disease, treatment is provided accordingly. Surgery is one method through which the dead tissue is removed to prevent it from spreading and if inevitable then the affected part is amputated. Oxygen therapy is another method where the patient is kept in a chamber which has very rich supply of oxygen, levels more than the regular atmosphere. The idea is that certain bacteria cannot survive in oxygen rich atmosphere and that these levels will saturate the blood promoting healing of affected tissues.
Gangrene is a disease that requires immediate attention because, otherwise it could be life threatening. Best to start the treatment as soon as possible as it increases your chances of a full recovery. If you notice colour changes in your skin that don’t go or wounds that don’t heal, meet your doctor immediately to rule out the possibility.
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