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Should I talk to my doctor about my flesh-eating bacteria symptoms?

If you are experiencing any symptoms of flesh-eating bacteria--red skin turning violet and blistered, gangrene, fever, rapid heart rate, mental deterioration, shock--you must contact a doctor immediately. The infection can spread significantly even within an hour, and earlier treatment increases your likelihood of survival. Aside from death, which happens around 30 percent of the time even with treatment (or as high as 73 percent without treatment), the progression of the infection can result in the amputation of infected body parts, body deformation, and extensive scarring.

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