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Can Sepsis Be Spread From Person To Person
How long can you live with sepsis if IV antibiotics can't cure the infection but oral antibiotics are used to slow the spread of infection?
Maybe forever: If the doctors have switched to oral treatment, the sepsis itself probably is under control or cured. Continuing oral antibiotics probably is intended to cure whatever underlying infection led to sepsis, or keep it suppressed if not cured. The details depend on that underlying infeciton, different for each one: pneumonia, urinary tract, skin, bone, internal abscess, etc. Discuss with doctors. ...Read more
I have 40+ boils (in various stages) on my breasts and armpits. All are infected I think. It started as one then spread like crazy. There are red lines from the worst ones. Could this be acne inversa? & what's the chances of sepsis from this??
Sepsis possible!: These streaks are concerning for a spreading infection! Sepsis is definitely possible. Please schedule an appointment today. If this is not possible then go to your nearest ER! Get help now! We can point you to the best help in a Prime Consult now. ...Read more
Immune compromised: This is a big question in critical care medicine: why do some people develop sepsis or multiple organ failure and others not? Known factors include age (the very old and young), immune compromise (from lupus to pregnancy to diabetes to leukemia patients), the virulence of the pathogen to obvious factors like abdominal injury with spillage of fecal material, etc. ...Read more
If a person looks absolutely dreadful after death from sepsis, wats the correct word, I thought it was decimated but totally wrong?
Wording?: You may be thinking of the word Desiccated, which means to be dried up, which if truly dehydrated from a lengthy infection, may describe the appearance of ones skin, etc. ...Read more
Sepsis: Yes. The trauma that the body undergoes when septic can have serious consequences for normal physiology and be difficult to recover from. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on many factors - what bug, how strong is the person's immune system, how quicky treatment was started, how many organs are involved, etc. Sometimes even severe cases of sepsis can be treated successfully with complete recovery. Other times we are not as lucky. ...Read more
Depends: Overdose on its own causing live damage on its own is bad especially if the problem with the medicine still ongoing such as in tylenol (acetaminophen). Sepsis could now be due to depressed immune system. A liver dysfunction in view of sepsis alone give a poorer prognosis. Depending on the severity of all of the above, some patients do well so I can not generalize. Have open discussion with the doctors. ...Read more
Sepsis: Very variable. Depends upon the organism producing the sepsis, the therapy chosen and its timing and many other factors. Have seen patients die within hours of admission to hospital and others who linger for lengthy time periods. ...Read more
My Dad having died from severe sepsis looked desiccated after death, would sepsis do that to a person?
Yes: I'm sorry about your dad. In sepsis, the vasculature loses water to the interstitial spaces. And a high body temperature can contribute to the body looking dried out quicker after death. ...Read more
Can you tell me in sepsis, how much bacteria needs to be in a person's blood before he start showing signs and symptoms?
Depends: We all get bacteria in our blood periodically, like after brushing teeth. Sepsis results when bacterial grow unchecked, produce chemical mediators, and the body may over-react. Bacteria do not need to be in blood to produce a picture of sepsis, e.g., massive activation of T-cells can cause picture of sepsis by exposure to superantigens. ...Read more
If an elderly person has T2 diabetes for 10 years then does this make it MUCH more difficult to survive an infection, sepsis or pneumonia? Why?
Untreated, it's fast: As short as an hour if we don't get effective treatment. Treated, it's quite survivable most of the time. ...Read more
How long does it takes for untreated sepsis to kill a person? (Estimated, from either UTI or abdominal infection)
Rather quickly.: While an exact timeframe cannot be accurately predicted, mortality from untreated sepsis would occur rather quickly. Could progress in a timeframe of hours. ...Read more
Can a vaginal yeast infection possibly cause sepsis in a person with Lyme disease (immune system)?
Normally, how long after taking clarithromycin will a person with severe throat and nose flu (almost but not sepsis) gets back to his normal appetite?
I am guessing that if an elderly person (not me) has COPD & a pleural effusion (even if the person doesn't have a lung infection) then this would make it harder to survive sepsis. But if so, would either be likely to make a significant difference?
COPD is diagnosis.: The pleural effusion is a SIGN or a symptom, not a "condition". In fact, by draining the effusion, doctors can run tests & perhaps figure out what is causing the problem. But it doesn't portend anything with regards to survival unless it becomes large. COPD is a DIAGNOSIS. It means that the lungs don't function properly. It makes surviving sepsis tougher, as lung problems can easily develop. TTYD. ...Read more
How long after a severe peptic ulcer perforation before peritonitis and sepsis will kill a person? (let's assume the person is in his sixties)
Days: Left untreated ulcer perforation and sepsis could cause death within days. Ardis can cause body functions to shut down. This is an emergency situation. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Sepsis: There are now a set of 4 criteria that define sepsis. High or low WBC count, pulse of >90, respirations of 20 or greater and temperature elevation or hypothermia. Any 2 of these when infection is present constitutes "sepsis". There are further criteria for severe sepsis, septic shock and sepsis with multiorgan failure. ...Read more
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