10 Causes of Necrotizing Fasciitis

By jolene
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Cause #3: Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are a class of medications (steroid hormones) that are also produced in the adrenal cortex. Corticosteroids can be divided into mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids. They are involved in various physiological processes such as the immune response, stress response, carbohydrate metabolism, blood electrolyte levels, protein catabolism, and inflammation.

Corticosteroids can be used in various diseases such as brain tumors, skin diseases, allergies, interstitial lung disease, Addison’s disease, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and ulcerative colitis. However, long-term corticosteroids suppress the immune system and can lead to infections such as necrotizing fasciitis.

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