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How do you know when you have sepsis?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
You feel terrible...: And you have a rapid heart rate, signs of an infection (cough, urinary tract symptoms, severe abdominal pain), a fever or low temperature, and general sense of either malaise or that you are dying. You may be delirious or you might be cogent... But generally it isn't something that feels like a bad cold - you are deathly ill.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Check with your doc: Hr > 90 rr > 20 temp > 101 check with educated doc.
Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Most likely: As you would have a high fever, feel like you had the flu, and most likely be breathing fast and feel awful and weak. Late you may have confusion as well.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Sepsis: This is a well-defined clinical syndrome which is characterized by the body's response to infection and is diagnosed by physicians. You might feel ill, but not know that you meet the clinical criteria to be termed "septic".

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A 17-year-old male asked:

How does someone know if they have sepsis or not?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many symptoms: Sepsis is a generalized, whole body infection that has some prominent symptoms. These include fever, chills, fatigue and lethargy. Additionally, findings on lab studies include an elevated white blood cell count. The most accurate test is finding the bacteria when blood cultures are performed.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you have a mild sepsis and not know it?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Unlikely: Sepsis, even mild one will create symptoms like fever, body aches, loss of appetite etc.
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What is sepsis?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
A severe infection: Sepsis is the term used by doctors to describe a severe, life-threatening bloodstream infection. Sepsis can cause your baby's organs to fail. If untreated, sepsis can be fatal. Treatment with intravenous fluids and antibiotics, and close monitoring in the hospital can prevent serious complications.

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