Skin and soft tissue infections are among the most common diseases requiring surgical treatment. The presentation of patients varies from folliculitis to severe necrotizing infections with a fatal outcome. The diagnosis of a necrotizing infection is often difficult. The correct diagnosis is often made after deterioration of the patient's condition in the rapid course of the disease. The early and correct diagnosis and immediate surgery are decisive for the prognosis. Treatment at a specialized intensive care unit and the administration of a broad spectrum antibiotic are pivotal for the survival of individual patients.