Does bleach kill flesh eating bacteria?
In response to the enquiry: “Will bleach kill flesh eating bacteria?”
Flesh eating disease or necrotizing fasciitis, is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes that damages the skin’s surface tissue through open wounds. Streptococcus pyogenes is aerobic.
Tinea pedis is the athlete’s foot fungus that bores into the skin and flesh between the toes. The bacteria that enters open wounds and causes gangrene is the anaerobic bacteria clostridia.
Both the athlete’s foot fungus and the clostridia are anaerobic, which means they survive in oxygen depleted environments.
Oxygenation by hydrogen peroxide to treat the athlete’s foot fungus and oxygenation in a hyperbaric chamber to treat gangrene are proven to be the most effective treatments against anaerobic bacteria such as tinea pedis and clostridia.
Vinegar, alcohol, pine oil, and bleach, disinfect surface bacteria, i.e., aerobic bacteria. They do not produce the chemical reaction that produces oxygen. The common chemical reaction that produces oxygen is the combination of vinegar and baking soda, acid and baking soda, pure lime juice and baking soda. It is this release of an abundance of oxygen that whitens teeth and kills anaerobic bacteria such as tinea pedis and clostridia. Any oxygen-rich environment is toxic to anaerobic bacteria.
Bleach, like alcohol and vinegar, disinfect surface bacteria. Therefore, washing the skin surface with bleach, alcohol, vinegar, soap, will remove and kill aerobic bacteria including Streptococcus pyogenes on the skin’s surface. They will not kill anaerobic bacteria such as tinea pedis and clostridia of gangrene.
To me, I consider all fungi and bacteria that bore into the skin and damage the skin and tissue, whether it is the Streptococcus pyogenes, the tinea pedis or the clostridia, to be “flesh eating bacteria”.