Grandmother catches deadly carnivorous bacteria during a manicure at the nail bar in Tennessee
- Jayne Sharp got a small cut in her thumb at Jazzy Nail Bar in Tennessee
- After departments, the throbbing of her thumb quickly turned into painful pain
- Contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a rare but extremely vicious bacterial infection
- Jayne's doctors thought she might need her arm amputates to stop it
- She lost a lot of the tissue of her right thumb and had to undergo skin transplants
- Still no feeling has returned in the right hand, the grandmother says
A grandmother almost lost her a cruel carnivorous bacterium while having her nails done in a beauty salon.
Jayne Sharp got a small cut in her thumb earlier this year while receiving the manicure at Jazzy Nail Bar in Knoxville, Tennessee.
That night her thumb began to beat and quickly turned to pain that she couldn't ignore while the hand swelled horribly, she said WBIR.
The retired dental hygienist initially believed she had the flu, but after a sleepless night, she brought herself to first aid the following day, where doctors said the carnivorous infection could have cost her entire arm Jayne.
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Jayne Sharp suffered a small cut in her thumb during a manicure at Jazzy Nail Bar in Knoxville, Tennessee earlier this year
By the time she arrived, the infection had made her thumb so balloon-like that doctors feared she might lose her arm.
She was told that she had contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a rare but extremely vicious bacterial infection.
The disease – which affects 500 to 1500 people every year – develops when the bacteria invade the body, often through a small cut or scrap.
As the bacteria multiply, they release toxins that kill tissue and cut off blood flow to the area. Because it is so virulent, the bacteria spreads quickly throughout the body.
Sufferers must be treated immediately to prevent death and usually receive powerful antibiotics and surgery to remove dead tissue.
Liquid filled her thumb and the tissue began to turn black before Jayne & # 39; s eyes (left). After her ill-fated manicure, Jayne & # 39; s hand swelled and the skin became red and bumpy while bacteria penetrated the tissue underneath (right)
Before losing more tissue to the infection, doctors had to cut Jayne & # 39; s hand to clean it (left). Removing the dead and dying tissues saved Jane's life, but left her hand closed with stitches (right)
If the disease starts spreading an arm or leg, amputation may be needed to prevent the infection from reaching vital organs.
Dr. Udit Chaudhuri, who treated Jayne, told WIBR: & She could have lost her finger or arm if she had not been properly diagnosed. She is a diabetic and that made her more sensitive.
& # 39; Basically you have a break in the skin and this bacterium is introduced under the skin into the soft tissue and then into the bloodstream. & # 39;
Carnivorous bacterial infections are rare and affect fewer than 20,000 Americans a year.
But diabetes disrupts the immune system, which means that people like Jayne are less equipped to fight the bacteria.
The infection spreads like wildfire and, if not controlled, can quickly become fatal.
Now her right thumb is considerably smaller. Jayne has undergone a number of surgeries and grafts help her hand to look normal, but she says she still has no feeling
The grandmother said: (The doctor told my daughter) that your mother could lose her life with what we think this is and there is a chance that she will lose her arm.
& # 39; My life has changed completely. I couldn't even floss my own teeth. I had never heard anything like this when they told me carnivorous bacteria. & # 39;
Jayne has undergone several operations to remove infected skin from her thumb and hand and replace the tissue with skin grafts.
Although she is on her way to recovery, Jayne said she still has no feeling in her hands, making daily tasks almost impossible.
A spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance said no problems were found in the salon during the annual inspection and a follow-up inspection after Jayne's complaint.
NECROTIZING FASCIITIS: THE STRONG MEAT-EATING BACTERIA
The above stock photo shows a leg infected with necrotizing fasciitis
Necrotizing fasciitis, known as & # 39; carnivorous disease & # 39 ;, is a rare but extremely vicious bacterial infection. & # 39; Necrotizing & # 39; refers to something that causes body tissue to die and the infection can destroy skin, muscles and fat.
The disease develops when the bacteria invade the body, often through a small cut or scrap. As the bacteria multiply, they release toxins that kill tissue and cut off blood flow to the area.
Because it is so virulent, the bacteria spreads quickly throughout the body.
Symptoms include small, red lumps or bumps on the skin, rapidly spreading bruises, sweating, chills, fever and nausea. Organ failure and shock are also common complications.
Sufferers must be treated immediately to prevent death and usually receive powerful antibiotics and surgery to remove dead tissue. Amputation may become necessary if the disease spreads through an arm or leg.
Patients may undergo skin transplants after the infection has disappeared, to aid the healing process or for aesthetic reasons.
500 to 1500 cases are reported per year, but 20 to 25 percent of the victims die.
Necrosis is the irreversible process in which body tissue dies as a result of insufficient blood supply
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