Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day

Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day is observed next on Friday, May 31st, 2024 (90 days from today).

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Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day is a light to this rare disease, which affects the soft tissues of the skin, and if not appropriately treated, can spread quickly.

Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day is on May 31st and is intended to provide information and help with the treatment and prevention of this infection. It also encourages people to support in any way possible for people with necrotizing fasciitis. This disease is caused by bacteria and can destroy the skin, fat, and tissue that cover the muscles. Without proper and timely treatment, the disease can spread quickly and cause a lot of harm.

History of Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare disease that is caused by bacterial and then infects the tissues of the skin and spreads rapidly. Unfortunately, one out of every four people affected by it may die from this infection. Until the 19th century, the disease was called with different names such as phagedenic ulcer, ganglion phagena, ganglion ulcer, malignant ulcer, rotting ulcer, or nosocomial gangrene.

In 2006, Tim Hayden had a scratch on his knuckles. One day, he woke up with flu-like symptoms and having red streaks on his arms and torso. He was taken to the hospital immediately. An infectious disease specialist identifies symptoms as signs of necrotizing plantar fasciitis and prescribes urgent treatment that includes surgery and physical therapy. In 2016, Hayden founded an online support group for necrotizing plantar fasciitis survivors. A year later, he founded a foundation and since then, May 31 has been established as Necrotizing Pneumonia Awareness Day. Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan declared Necrotizing Pneumonia Awareness Day that same year and many other states in the United States have followed since. So Necrotizing Pneumonia Awareness Day has been celebrated every year for the past four years in the United States.

Necrotizing fasciitis is thought to be most common due to group A Streptococcus. It is rare, especially in healthy individuals. However, that doesn't mean we should lack confidence when it comes to a minor cut. Identifying symptoms in time can save your life.

Why Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day?

Many of us are privileged enough to be in good health, and as fellow human beings, we must show support and love to those who are going through a difficult time because of this. Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare skin disease that affects the soft tissues of our skin, and it spreads quickly if not treated properly.

A common cause for this is an infection from a type of bacteria called Streptococcus. These bacteria can enter our body through any open wound, and once it enters the body, we will have flu-like symptoms. Although this is a rare disease, it can happen to any of us, and the most important part is getting the right treatment at the right time.

In order to initiate definitive treatment, the patient must first realize that they may be experiencing some physical problem. On this day, we help to bring more information and knowledge on this topic so that people are aware of these bacteria and seek appropriate treatment promptly.

On Necrotizing Pneumonia Awareness Day, people also make donation to support the patients as well as their families. Not many people will be able to cover the cost of treatment and by raising awareness of the severity of this disease; more people will understand and donate to the cause and life of the patent.

Some facts about Necrotizing Fasciitis

  • Many types of bacteria

More than one common and rare bacteria cause necrotizing fasciitis.

  • High risk group

Unfortunately, people with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of developing necrotizing fasciitis.

  • High-tech treatment

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers that are one of high-tech treatments can help prevent tissue damage.

  • Where it happened

Necrotizing fasciitis most commonly occurs in the perineum, extremities, and genitals.

  • Number of annual cases

An estimated 9,000-11,500 people are infected with group streptococcus bacteria each year in the United States, one of the causes of necrotizing fasciitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Why Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day is important

  • It is a rare and serious disease

Necrotizing fasciitis is a serious illness that is caused by a bacterial infection; however, it is also rare. It can spread quickly if not diagnosed and treated promptly. Delaying treatment can also hinder your chances of recovery. Therefore, Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day plays an important role because it is an opportunity to spread and raise awareness about it.

  • Can prevent necrotizing fasciitis

As we know, prevention is better than cure. Necrotizing plantar fasciitis is extremely rare and can be prevented with prompt treatment. When you get a cut, even a minor cut, it's important to treat the cut immediately to prevent bacteria from entering.

  • It assists in gathering resources for those affected

Treatment of necrotizing plantar fasciitis can be expensive because of the need for surgery. This day can help inform others about the disease and collect any monetary help that can be used to treat affected patients.

How to celebrate Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day

  • Donate to Necrotizing Plantar Fasciitis Charity

Necrotizing plantar fasciitis can be extremely dangerous, not only physically, but also affect a person's mental health and can also cause a financial burden. You can donate to a charity that helps victims financially.

  • Learn about necrotizing plantar fasciitis

Although this is a rare disease, its effects can be very dangerous. It is important to read about necrotizing plantar fasciitis and keep yourself and those around you in the know. Get adequate knowledge of this disease will be helpful when identifying the onset of this infection and seeking prompt care.

  • Volunteer to help

People affected by necrotizing fasciitis need all the help they can get, be it mental or physical, to fight the disease. However, you don't necessarily have to help someone with the disease if you don't know anyone affected by the disease. You can take part in volunteer to help spread about the disease.


Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day has been observed annually on May 31st.


Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

Friday, May 31st, 2024

Saturday, May 31st, 2025

Sunday, May 31st, 2026

Also on Friday, May 31st, 2024

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