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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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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...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?

Is it easy to spread bacterial sepsis?

No: Sepsis is usually a consequence of bacteria that live in our bodies and are not usually transmitted from person to person. Exceptions are influenza (viral not bacterial) and Meningococcal meningitis which are indeed contagious ...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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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?

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

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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

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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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Silly Question Can a person get sepsis, if they don't gave septicemia? Or do you firstly have to have septicemia in order to get sepsis.?

Sepsis: They are considered part of the same illness; although some people with a diagnosis of sepsis fail to have bacteria (septicaemia) growing in their blood culture. All the best. ...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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What type of diet or healthy eating should a person with sepsis consider?

Too late: By the time you have sepsis your diet for days and weeks prior to your illness have led to the condition. To prevent severe sepsis have a diet rich in broccoli, omega 3 fatty acids and other anti-oxidants. ...Read more

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How likely is it that an elderly person will survive pneumonia with sepsis?

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

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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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How long does it take for sepsis to kill you if untreated, and you are a sick elderly person?

How long does it take for sepsis to kill you if untreated, and you are a sick elderly person?

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

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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

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Can you tell me in sepsis, how much bacteria needs to be in a person's blood before he start showing signs and symptoms?

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

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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?

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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?

Decreased immune: It's mainly due to reduced immune system that an elderly diabetic is more at risk when faced with infections. However, if this individual has controlled diabetes fairly well and is relatively active, risks are smaller. ...Read more

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After bowel perforation with entercocci in blood, how long before sepsis kills a person?

After bowel perforation with entercocci in blood, how long before sepsis kills a person?

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

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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

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Can a vaginal yeast infection possibly cause sepsis in a person with Lyme disease (immune system)?

Can a vaginal yeast infection possibly cause sepsis in a person with Lyme disease (immune system)?

Not related: Yeast infection does not usually lead to sepsis until you are severely immune-compromised. Whether you have lyme disease or not has no bearing on this issue. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Clarithromycin: Can cause stomach irritation and should be taken with food. Figure 7-10 days for symptoms to resolve. Use OTC Mylanta or Maalox. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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What is sepsis?

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

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What is sepsis?

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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What causes sepsis?

Infection: Sepsis is related to a severe infection. With severe involvement can see low blood pressure and organ malfunction. ...Read more

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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Septicemia / sepsis occurs when a serious infection has spread through the blood. It can cause organs to stop functioning and in some cases ...Read more