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how likely is someone to go into septic shock?

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Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Depends: On their age, sex, smoking status, whether or not they have diabetes, cancer, take immune suppressant drugs, their nutritional status, as well as the nature of any infecting agent, if they are wounded, if they have insurance or access to medical care... The so called average person will likely never go into septic shock, but ... There is no average person.
Answered on Mar 9, 2018
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
42 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: We are realizing that our diet before we get sick can determine how sick we get. If we have a diet that is pro inflammatory (fatty foods) we are more likely to have an exaggerated inflammatory response to illness. Being overweight is a pro inflammatory condition, so maintaining ideal weight is important. Given the right circumstance anyone can go into septic shock with a severe enough infection.
Answered on Nov 29, 2014
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You're not: When you're going into septic shock, you're usually too sick to be asking about it on a website.

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