Fournier gangrene

  • Rapidly spreading bacterial infection that results in tissue destruction of the genital and anal area
  • Symptoms may include tissue that is black or looks bruised with swelling, redness, drainage of pus and fever
  • Caused most commonly by several strains of bacteria that create an infection in the urinary and genital tract, anus or rectum
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age but more common in middle age
  • Most severe in those with a weakened immune system
  • Can become life threatening if the infection spreads to surrounding tissue

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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