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    Atlanta-based rapper OG Maco told his followers that he has been dealing with a "skin-eating disease" for the past three months after being improperly treated for a minor rash, Complex reported. Over the weekend, the rapper posted on his Instagram story to share details about his condition, which is also referred to as necrotizing fasciitis (or flesh-eating disease).

    "I didn't know what was going to happen, I didn't know if I was going to lose my entire face... I almost did," OG Maco said in a video. In a photo he also shared, the rapper wrote that his face is the best it's looked since he contracted the disease. OG Maco's face is often hidden behind masks or scarves on Instagram, but in his latest posts, viewers can see where the disease caused his skin to swell and change color.

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    Necrotizing fasciitis symptoms include swollen skin, pain, and a fever

    Necrotizing fasciitis happens when bacteria enters an open wound, burn, or insect bite in the skin, infecting it and leading to severe skin inflammation and pain as the body's soft skin cells die off. Multiple types of bacteria, including group A strep, klebsielle, clostridium, and escherichia coli, can cause the condition, according to Connecticut Dermatology Group. Between 700 and 1,200 cases of necrotizing fasciitis occur in the United States annually due to the group A strep bacteria alone.?

    After a person contracts necrotizing fasciitis, the skin will get swollen and turn a red or purple color. They may also have a fever. The condition can cause severe pain, even in areas of the skin that aren't swollen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    As the condition progresses, other symptoms include blisters, black spots, and pus on the skin, diarrhea, nausea, and fatigue.

    Anyone can contract the flesh-eating disease    "Although typically not seen   until the advanced stages of deficiency, we know that vitamin C   deficiencies slow the rate of collagen formation in our bodies,"   Gold explained. Without it, wounds can heal very slowly, she   added. ? eurobanks/Shutterstock

    "Although typically not seen until the advanced stages of deficiency, we know that vitamin C deficiencies slow the rate of collagen formation in our bodies," Gold explained. Without it, wounds can heal very slowly, she added.

    According to the CDC, the flesh-eating disease can affect anyone, although people with weakened immune systems due to kidney disease, diabetes, cirrhosis, or cancer are more susceptible to contracting it. It can be spread when bacteria in food, the air, or public places enters open wounds, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD).

    The best way to prevent necrotizing fasciitis is with thorough wound care. The CDC recommends people clean minor cuts that break the skin with soap and water and then cover them with clean and dry bandages until healed. They also suggest staying out of hot tubs, swimming pools, and natural bodies of water until the wounds heal. For more severe injuries that break the skin open, people should refer to their doctor for proper treatment.?

    If not treated quickly, the disease can lead to organ failure

    Flesh-eating bacteria spread through the body rapidly, and if not treated with antibiotics or surgery, can lead to sepsis, organ failure, and death, according to the CDC. Antibiotics can stop the spread of bacteria throughout the body, but oftentimes aren't enough and surgery is also required.

    Doctors can surgically remove the dead infected skin. In many cases, patients with flesh-eating bacteria need multiple surgeries to completely remove the infected skin. In the most severe cases, the condition can cause a person to lose limbs or experience scarring from surgeries.?

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