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Can a bad bedsore lead to sepsis or septicemia?

Can a bad bedsore lead to sepsis or septicemia?

Yes: Any wound can be a portal for bacteria or other pathogens (fungus), so a bedsore can certainly become infected and the patient can become quite ill, develop septic shock and die or develop associated osteomyelitis (bone infection). Generally these are treated locally and develop no complications. ...Read more

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Bed Sore (Definition)

A bed sore is an injury to the skin, and tissues beneath the skin, caused by pressure. They can range from a stage one pressure sore (tender, red and does not blanch) to stage four (an open wound extending down to the bone). Early stage pressure sores can respond to off-loading, while deep ulcers require debridement, dressing ...Read more


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I was very sick fot 6 months cdeff all that time had blood poisoning 3 times bad enough to put me on life support I am needing to know the aftermath?

I was very sick fot 6 months cdeff all that time had blood poisoning 3 times bad enough to put me on life support I am needing to know the aftermath?

Depends: People who have had critical illness may take a very prolonged period of time to recover with persistent weakness, and other problems including difficulties with concentration, memory and anxiety. How long problems like this or other problems associated with critical illness lasts ca nvary depending on the specific events and the presence of any chronic diseases. Many will recover 100% though. ...Read more

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Can toe infections lead to blood poisoning in diabetic?

Can toe infections lead to blood poisoning in diabetic?

Yes: I think by blood poisoning you are referring to septicemia. Diabetics usually have worse infections than a non diabetic so they are more susceptible to a worse infectious process particularly if they are uncontrolled diabetics or if they 'didn't seek treatment right away because of not knowing they had a problem due to neuropathy. It is possible but not common. ...Read more

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If sibo is not treated, can it lead to sepsis?

If sibo is not treated, can it lead to sepsis?

Highly unlikely: I've never heard of this happening. We all have trillions of bacteria living in our small and large intestines. SIBO is a condition of more bacteria than normal in the small intestines. Sepsis occurs when bacteria are in the bloodstream. It's rare for intestinal bacteria to enter the blood unless there's a perforation of the GI tract. Untreated SIBO shouldn't increase sepsis risk. See comment: ...Read more

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How long does it take for diverticulitis lead to sepsis if left untreated?

How long does it take for diverticulitis lead to sepsis if left untreated?

It varies: If untreated it could take days or it could take weeks. But a diagnosis of diverticulitis should be treated promptly with antibiotics regardless of the risk for progression to sepsis. ...Read more

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Can endocarditis lead to sepsis?

Can endocarditis lead to sepsis?

Yes: Depending on the cause of endocarditis. Usually fungal endocarditis won't lead to sepsis/septic shock. ...Read more

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Are normal healthy people susceptible to sepsis, or do you have to have cancer or something bad already?

Either: Most patients who get septic do have an underlying disorder that weakens them and predisposes to severe infection. This does not have to be the case however. Sometimes individuals can get an infection in the community that is very severe and causes sepsis. ( bad pneumonia for example). This is less common however. ...Read more

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How common is sepsis with abcsess teeth? I have rotten teeth bad

How common is sepsis with abcsess teeth? I have rotten teeth bad

Need a dentist: It is important that you see a dentist and get your rotten teeth taken are of. The infection in your mouth can effect the rest of your body. Taking antibiotics alone is not enough, you need dental treatment. ...Read more

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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more