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How Long Can You Live With Sepsis
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
Very individual: Depending on how severe the infection is, some may be self-limited, but most progress without treatment, particularly in older people or those with pre-exiting medical conditions. So it is hard to say exactly how long but why would you not want to treat it? Treatment is usually antibiotics, IV fluids etc supportive care, nothing fancy or controversial. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on what you mean by "recovery." the actual acute illness may take anywhere from 3-10 days to resolve on average, but can also involve ICU stays for a month or more (depending on setbacks). Even after leaving the icu, a patient will be very weak and deconditioned, and may need assistance to gain strength and ability to function independently again. That can take months of rehab. ...Read more
Variable: In young people sepsis is easily overcome, but as you get older and have more chronic medical problems, life threatening infections become more frequent. In patients with cancer, renal failure, chronic heart failure, or severe lung disease sepsis becomes a common cause of death. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on how severe the reaction of sepsis is. If it is mild and doesn't cause significant organ injury, then recovery can take days to weeks. But, if the sepsis causes organ failure, like kidney failure or a lung reaction, then it can take a very long time. But it's hard to say exactly how long, because everyone's body is different. ...Read more
Depends...: On a couple of things. First, what type of infection - some resolve quickly with treatment, others may take longer? Second, how many organ systems were impacted by the infection - was there breathing failure, kidney failure, confusion, etc? Also, and probably most important - what was the patient's baseline health and age? Young, healthy people can do better, but can still die from sepsis. ...Read more
May vary: Usually people are not discharged until they are stable. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on many factors - what bug, how strong is the 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
How long does it take for your body to fully recover after having sepsis, and is there any long term complications to worry about?
It's highly variable: It depends on how severe the course was and what organs were affected. If you had multiple organ insults like kidney failure, heart failure, it can take a long time to recover. The recovery may not be complete. Some are left with residual heart or kidney damage. Others recover completely with no long term effects. Too variable to say. ...Read more
Death by sepsis: Hard to give a good answer. Sepsis if caught soon enough can be successfully treated. Sepsis in the very old or chronically ill has a high mortality despite treatment. Left untreated death can occur in days if not hours as the body shuts down and organs fail. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Variable: Answer is dependent on a number of things, including the health of the individual, the type of infecting organism, other ongoing medical problems. ...Read more
What do you advise if I was just wondering how long it would take for sepsis to develop into septic shock?
Depends...: The length of time between sepsis and septic shock is variable and it depends on what organism is causing the sepsis since some organisms are more virulent than others. It also depends on the treatment of the sepsis. If proper anti microbial therapy is given, the sepsis will not continue on to septic shock. ...Read more
Sepsis: Fussiness in a child with sepsis is a non-specific symptom. In a child who does not possess the verbal skills yet to explain how they feel, this in part is their way of letting us know they do not feel well. Duration of fussiness might vary based upon underlying cause of sepsis, the organ systems involved, the child's underlying disposition, and the environmental stressors. ...Read more
Variable. 1-3 weeks: Variable amount of time. From as little as one week to never. Some patients with acute renal failure go on to need permanent dialysis. It depends on the age, the renal condition prior to sepsis, the severity of the case and associated problems. On average recovery takes 7-21 days. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on how severe the septic reaction is. If it is mild, then it is a good chance that the patient can have a good outcome. But if it is severe, then it is possible that a bad outcome can occur. It is very hard to say. ...Read more
Variable: The time from the beginning of infection until the signs & symptoms of severe sepsis can vary widely--from only a few hours to several days. ...Read more
?: Once the infection reaches the bloodstream, it becomes sepsis. ...Read more
Sepsis: Time varies a cording to source and type of infection as well as general health of the patient. Hours to days. ...Read more
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