All parts of our body need a constant supply of fresh blood, and this is provided as our heart pumps the blood through our blood vessels. If this supply was stopped, for any reason, then the flesh would simply die and start to decay. This very thing can happen in people in a gruesome condition known as gangrene.
Gangrene is a very serious condition. It is treatable if it is caught in the early stages but, otherwise, it can lead to irreversible damage. If allowed to progress too far it can be fatal.
Treatment for gangrene will often involve the removal of any dead tissue and antibiotics to help halt the infection. Below are 10 symptoms of gangrene to be aware of.
Symptom #1: Numbness
Our whole body is traversed with a system of nerves. These nerves help us to feel sensations such as heat and cold, and this helps to prevent us from doing harm to ourselves. If there is a problem with these nerves, then we will lose the ability to feel. This leaves the area numb.
The nerves are often one of the first things to be damaged when it comes to gangrene. This means that the patient will be unable to feel anything, while the area will also feel cold to the touch. The coldness is down to the lack of warm blood flowing through the area.