Sepsis (Blood Infection)

When an infection has spread to the blood, it is known as sepsis. People that have this blood infection will usually have low blood pressure. Bacteria is the most common cause of sepsis, as well as viruses and fungi. If conditions such as pneumonia, appendicitis, meningitis spread, they can lead to sepsis as well.

Symptoms of sepsis are fever that is usually high, chills and severe shaking, fast heart beat along with low blood pressure, confusion, disorientation, dizziness, rash, and pain in the joints in your wrists, elbows, back, hips, knees, and ankles. To properly diagnose sepsis of the blood, doctors may run many tests. Some of these tests include, blood work of course, samples from the sputum, urine, and spinal fluid, chest X-ray, an even a CT scan can be done.

When someone has a serious condition such as this one, treatment is only given at the hospital. Often times, people end up in the intensive care unit, and treatment is given there. You will need to be extremely careful if you have a medical history that includes an organ transplant, diabetes, AIDS, or if you are being treated with chemotherapy or radiation. People who are at risk for developing sepsis include very young and elderly people, people who are being treated with chemotherapy or radiation, people who have had their spleen surgically removed, people taking steroids, people with diabetes as well as AIDS, and someone who has very large burns or severe injuries.

As stated before, this is a very serious condition, and anyone with symptoms should seek medical help immediately. If you are one who sits at risk for this serious condition, you need to remain extra aware of your health. Many things can happen if you are not careful. Talk to your doctor for more information.

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