Symptoms of Gas Gangrene

The following features are indicative of Gas Gangrene:
  • air under the skin
  • blisters filled with brown-red fluid
  • tachycardia
  • high fever
  • skin injury
  • pale skin color
  • sweating
  • jaundice
  • swollen thighs
  • large blisters

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Common Causes of Gas Gangrene

The following are the most common causes of Gas Gangrene:
  • clostridium perfringens infection

Risk Factors for Gas Gangrene

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Gas Gangrene:
  • diabetes
  • atherosclerosis
  • smoking
  • obesity
  • immunosuppression

Prevention of Gas Gangrene

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Gas Gangrene. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • proper cleaning of skin injury

Occurrence of Gas Gangrene

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Gas Gangrene cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Gas Gangrene most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 20-50 years

Common Gender

Gas Gangrene can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Gas Gangrene

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Gas Gangrene:
  • Tissue and fluid culturing: To test for bacteria including clostridial species
  • Blood culturing: To determine the bacteria causing the infection
  • Gram staining: To diagnose infected area
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): To diagnose gas in the tissues

Doctor for Diagnosis of Gas Gangrene

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Gas Gangrene:
  • Infection Specialist

Complications of Gas Gangrene if untreated

Yes, Gas Gangrene causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Gas Gangrene is left untreated:
  • coma
  • delirium
  • disfiguring or disabling permanent tissue damage
  • jaundice with liver damage
  • kidney failure
  • shock
  • sepsis
  • stupor

Procedures for Treatment of Gas Gangrene

The following procedures are used to treat Gas Gangrene:
  • Surgical removal (amputation): To control the spread of infection

Self-care for Gas Gangrene

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Gas Gangrene:
  • Take proper care for diabetes: To maintain control over blood sugar levels
  • Lose weight: To promote fast wound healing
  • Avoid tobacco intake: To prevent symptoms of gas gangrene
  • Proper washing of open wound: To heal the gangrene
  • Look after temperature drop: To promote blood circulation in an affected area

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Gas Gangrene

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Gas Gangrene:
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: To increase the amount of oxygen in the blood

Time for Treatment of Gas Gangrene

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Gas Gangrene to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 week

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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