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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-28

Necrotizing fasciitis: Role of counter irritants in the etiology

Department of General Surgery, Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Bhavani Rao Reddi
Andhra Medical college, Vishakhapattanam, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.108509

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Background: Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a common presenting problem in septic wards of Government hospitals. Ignorance plays a role in application of counter irritants as a remedy for minor ailments, which may result in necrotizing fasciitis. Aim: A pilot study was conducted to identify an association between application of counter irritants and subsequent development of NF. Materials and Methods: Patients presented with features of NF were queried with a structured pro forma regarding application of counter irritants. Results: Seventy six out of One Hundred and Ten patients confessed to application of various aromatic resinous substances. Conclusion: There is a strong index of suspicion that irritant balms may be one of the etiological agent or an aggravating factor in causation of NF.

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