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What is Gangrene?

Gangrene is the death of body tissue brought on by a major bacterial infection or a lack of blood supply. Gangrene may occur on toes, fingers, arms, legs, and even in the muscles and internal organs like the gallbladder. Regardless of where it may occur, they all require immediate medical attention.

What Causes Gangrene?

A condition like diabetes or atherosclerosis, which can stiffen the arteries and impede blood flow, raises the risk of gangrene.

  • An infection
  • An injury, burn or wound
  • A chronic disease

Diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and Raynaud’s illness are examples of chronic conditions that damage the circulatory system. These frequently result in gangrene. Blood flow may also be stopped by traumatic injuries like burns or an infected dog bite. Gangrene can result from severe cases of frostbite as well. 

Who Is at Risk for Gangrene?

Gangrene is more likely to occur in those with diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and Raynaud’s disease. Gangrene can result from skin diseases, wounds, burns, dog bites, and frostbite.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of gangrene that affect the skin include:

  • Changes in skin tone, from pale grey to blue, purple, black, bronze, or red
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Sudden, severe pain followed by a feeling of numbness
  • A foul-smelling discharge leaking from a sore
  • Thin, shiny skin, or skin without hair
  • Skin that has a cool or cold sensation upon touching

You might also experience a low-grade fever and general malaise if gangrene, such as gas gangrene or internal gangrene, attacks the tissues below the surface of your skin.

Septic shock can happen if the bacteria that caused the gangrene spread throughout the body. Septic shock’s warning signs and symptoms include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion

 

What Are the Types of Gangrene?

Gangrene primarily comes in two forms:

Dry gangrene: People with vascular illness, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases are more likely to experience this. Your hands and feet are typically affected. This type of gangrene occurs due to poor circulation or prevention of blood flow to a certain location. Your tissue’s color changes as it dries out. You normally don’t develop an infection, unlike with other types of gangrene. However, it is important to know that if dry gangrene does get infected, it may turn into wet gangrene. 

Wet gangrene: Burns or wounds caused by the crushing or squeezing of a body part can quickly stop the blood supply to the area, causing the tissue to be destroyed and raising the risk of infection. Because it produces pus, the tissue swells, and blisters, earning it the nickname “wet.” Wet gangrene infection can quickly spread throughout your body.

What Are Possible Gangrene Complications?

You could get sepsis and enter septic shock if an infection gets into your blood. This requires immediate attention. These signs include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Change in body temperature
  • Light-headedness
  • Body pain and rash
  • Confusion
  • Cold, clammy, pale skin
  • Death

 

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What is Gangrene?

Gangrene is the death of body tissue brought on by a major bacterial infection or a lack of blood supply. Gangrene may occur on toes, fingers, arms, legs, and even in the muscles and internal organs like the gallbladder. Regardless of where it may occur, they all require immediate medical attention.

A condition like diabetes or atherosclerosis, which can stiffen the arteries and impede blood flow, raises the risk of gangrene.

  • An infection
  • An injury, burn or wound
  • A chronic disease

Diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and Raynaud’s illness are examples of chronic conditions that damage the circulatory system. These frequently result in gangrene. Blood flow may also be stopped by traumatic injuries like burns or an infected dog bite. Gangrene can result from severe cases of frostbite as well. 

Gangrene is more likely to occur in those with diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and Raynaud’s disease. Gangrene can result from skin diseases, wounds, burns, dog bites, and frostbite.

Signs and symptoms of gangrene that affect the skin include:

  • Changes in skin tone, from pale grey to blue, purple, black, bronze, or red
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Sudden, severe pain followed by a feeling of numbness
  • A foul-smelling discharge leaking from a sore
  • Thin, shiny skin, or skin without hair
  • Skin that has a cool or cold sensation upon touching

You might also experience a low-grade fever and general malaise if gangrene, such as gas gangrene or internal gangrene, attacks the tissues below the surface of your skin.

Septic shock can happen if the bacteria that caused the gangrene spread throughout the body. Septic shock’s warning signs and symptoms include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion

 

Gangrene primarily comes in two forms:

Dry gangrene: People with vascular illness, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases are more likely to experience this. Your hands and feet are typically affected. This type of gangrene occurs due to poor circulation or prevention of blood flow to a certain location. Your tissue’s color changes as it dries out. You normally don’t develop an infection, unlike with other types of gangrene. However, it is important to know that if dry gangrene does get infected, it may turn into wet gangrene. 

Wet gangrene: Burns or wounds caused by the crushing or squeezing of a body part can quickly stop the blood supply to the area, causing the tissue to be destroyed and raising the risk of infection. Because it produces pus, the tissue swells, and blisters, earning it the nickname “wet.” Wet gangrene infection can quickly spread throughout your body.

You could get sepsis and enter septic shock if an infection gets into your blood. This requires immediate attention. These signs include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Change in body temperature
  • Light-headedness
  • Body pain and rash
  • Confusion
  • Cold, clammy, pale skin
  • Death

 

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