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how to tell if i am going into septic shock?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
You're not: When you're going into septic shock, you're usually too sick to be asking about it on a website.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
You'd Be Very Sick: You would be very, very sick. You would likely feel very ill, and you may even pass out. Thankfully, if you are well enough to ask the question here, it is unlikely you will be developing septic shock. Of course, if you feel very sick, never hesitate going to the hospital to be seen. In septic shock, the sooner you get treated, the better the outcome.
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Sepsis: Ask your physician to explain what it is and tell you whether your scenario is clinically consistent with a sepsis syndrome.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How likely is someone to go into septic shock?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I'm afraid that I may get septic shock, are there certain signs to look for?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
No: You will feel terrible, your blood pressure will be so low that your vital organs begin to fail and you will be too delirious to know what is going on. In reality, most people don't ever develop this unless they have other problems or come into contact with a bad bacteria and avoid antibiotic therapy. There is little reason to worry about this; if it is consuming you i would suggest therapy.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the rate of survival for people who develop septic shock?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Depends: The risk of death in sepsis depends on the number of organ systems that are impaired/affected. A rough mortality estimate is 20 percent risk per organ system (ie if lung and kidney affected a rough death estimate would be 40 percent).
A 21-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between septic shock and hypovolemic?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
The cause: Septic shock is shock due to bacteria in the blood stream, causing sepsis. Hypovolemic shock is due to low volume, usually blood loss.
Dr. Michael Taylor
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Septic shock can occur as a result from any infection, not just bacteria in the bloodstream; it can cause the blood vessels to dilate, and it can lead to hypovolemia as well. Hypovolemic shock is usually the result of blood loss or severe dehydration.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

How can you tell if someone is going into septic shock?

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Dr. Carlos Tache Leon
General Surgery 27 years experience
Examination and labs: Septic shock is a life threatening cardiovascular collapse caused by many infections. Early stages can be detected by an experienced dr. Evaluating vital signs, examination, and biochemical changes detectable in blood work. Late stages anyone can diagnose but often too late. Icu care is mandatory.

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