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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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