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Can sepsis be spread from person to person?

Can sepsis be spread from person to person?

Not exactly: The cause of sepsis can be spread from person to person - and depending on what the cause is the likelihood of sepsis or septic shock varies. (streptococcus pneumonae is likely to cause sepsis, for example). ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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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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How does sepsis spread?

How does sepsis spread?

Blood: Typically sepsis starts in a single area - kidney, open wound, broken bone, etc - but spreads throught the body in the bloodstream. ...Read more

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Is it easy to spread bacterial sepsis?

Depends: Bacterial sepsis is rarely contagious unless you are immunocompromised or a very young child. Even if the infection spreads, it is very individual whether it will progress to sepsis or will be contained. ...Read more

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Is small amount of green pus on band aid mean infection? Could it spread to sepsis?

Is small amount of green pus on band aid mean infection? Could it spread to sepsis?

Green pus: Sometimes it could mean infection. Please resubmit details of the wound or what you are covering with the band aid. Tell us if you are getting worse or what your condition is. Give details of how you were injured. Do you have fever. Did you clean the wound well? ...Read more

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What sorts of things make a person more likely to get sepsis?

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

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If a person looks absolutely dreadful after death from sepsis, wats the correct word , I thought it was decimated but totally wrong?

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

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What is the prognosis of a person that has overdosed and now is sepsis due to damaged liver?

What is the prognosis of a person that has overdosed and now is sepsis due to damaged liver?

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

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What is done when an elderly person has urinary sepsis?

Urosepsis: Cultures are taken from the blood and urine. Broad spectrum antibiotics are started until the cultures and sensitivities return from the lab in 2 to 3 days. ...Read more

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Can an infection be cleared and a person still have sepsis?

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

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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


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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock is a condition of inflammation throughout the body caused by a severe infection that can lead to fever, low blood pressure, and the ...Read more