What is sepsis and is it dangerous?

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My friends brother has a high temperature and it hasn't gone down and they took him to the doctor, and they did a blood test. They think it might be sepsis. What is sepsis and is ...show more
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Basically, all sepsis consists of is there being an infection in the bloodstream or tissues. Either bacteria or a virus is in the bloodstream and it can be very harmful if untreated.

Sepsis first causes high heart rate, high temperature, high respiratory rate and low white blood cell count. This is the body's reaction to fighting off the infection.

If not treated, the infection can spread to other organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, brain and more. If other organs continue to get infected, the body eventually shuts down and the person dies.

Treatment for sepsis mostly consists of antibiotics being given to the infected individual.

Since most cases of sepsis are found before damage is done, sepsis is not a major, fatal infection; but it is serious in some cases, depending how long and the type of infection the individual has.


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  • amer1can_0u7l4w answered 6 years ago
    a blood infection caused by bacteria entering the blood stream. I believe antibiotics are the usual course of treatment.
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  • flowermat answered 6 years ago
    Sepsis? that is blood posioning......usually referred as septicemia, my great grandmother got it, and died.
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  • CDRN answered 6 years ago
    Sepsis is a blood infection and yes it can be dangerous.....
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  • Neuron answered 6 years ago
    IT's when a bacterial infection has spread to the bloodstream and hence, can travel and infect many organs.
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