FL Man Dies From Tiny Cut | Skin Looks Like This? Show A Doctor

A Florida man has died of necrotizing fasciitis, aka flesh-eating bacteria, apparently contracted while swimming with a small cut. File photo. julien haler, CC BY 2.0

Florida man ‘noticed a little cut,’ dies days later

What are the signs of flesh-eating bacteria?

| Aug. 30, 2019

| TODAY – A Florida man has died after an ordeal with flesh-eating bacteria that forced doctors to remove more than 25% of the skin on his body, his family said.

David Ireland, 50, of Orlando, passed away Thursday after several surgeries to try to stop the spread of necrotizing fasciitis caused by group A strep, his brother Daniel Ireland announced.

“He fought very hard against this disease and all of us will miss him dearly,” Daniel wrote.

“It traveled extremely fast”

The family didn’t know how David — who didn’t go in the ocean or swim in lakes — contracted the disease, which he initially thought was the flu. He did swim in the pool at his condo in Orlando, he added.

Ireland recently noticed a little cut, and then his leg started to hurt, first in the knee and then in the hip, his mother Lois Ireland told ClickOrlando.com.

“The next thing you know, it’s strep A,” she said. “It traveled extremely fast.”

David Ireland ended up in critical condition at the intensive care unit of an Orlando hospital, where his kidneys failed and doctors removed more than a quarter of his skin …

What are the symptoms?

Look out for warning signs of possible necrotizing fasciitis such as:

  • a red or swollen area of skin that spreads quickly
  • severe pain
  • fever
  • dizziness
  • changes in the color of the skin
  • one or more black spots on the skin
  • ulcers or blisters on the skin

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Skin Infection: Types, Causes, and Treatment


Medically reviewed by Sarah Taylor, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, on January 26, 2017

What is a skin infection?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Its function is to protect your body from infection. Sometimes the skin itself becomes infected. Skin infections are caused by a wide variety of germs, and symptoms can vary from mild to serious.

Mild infections may be treatable with over-the-counter medications and home remedies, whereas other infections may require medical attention. Read on to learn more about skin infections and what to do if you have one.

What are the types of skin infections?

The following are four different types of skin infections:

1. Bacterial skin infections
Bacterial skin infections often begin as small, red bumps that slowly increase in size. Some bacterial infections are mild and easily treated with topical antibiotics, but other infections require an oral antibiotic.

Different types of bacterial skin infections include:

  • cellulitis
  • impetigo
  • boils
  • leprosy

2. Viral skin infections
Viral skin infections are caused by a virus. These infections range from mild to severe.

Different types of viral infections include:

  • shingles (herpes zoster)
  • chickenpox
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • warts
  • measles
  • hand, foot, and mouth disease

3. Fungal skin infections
These types of skin infections are caused by a fungus and are most likely to develop in damp areas of the body, such as the feet or armpit. Some fungal infections aren’t contagious, and these infections are typically non-life-threatening.

Different types of fungal infections:

  • athlete’s foot
  • yeast infection
  • ringworm
  • nail fungus
  • oral thrush
  • diaper rash

4. Parasitic skin infection
These types of skin infections are caused by a parasite. These infections can spread beyond the skin to the bloodstream and organs. A parasitic infection isn’t life-threatening but can be uncomfortable … Read more.