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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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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 long can you live being elderly if sepsis?

How long can you live being elderly if sepsis?

Depends: Prompt medical care, antibiotics & fluid resuscitation has improved outcomes & cured many septic conditions. ...Read more

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How long can you live if you don't treat sepsis?

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

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How long does sepsis last?

How long does sepsis last?

It depends: Some may be cured of it while others may not. It depends on the age, and health of the individual. It also depends timely appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How long will sepsis be treated?

How long will sepsis be treated?

Depends: Sepsis is a very serious and potentially life threatening condition caused by toxins from bacteria in the blood stream. The usual treatment is aggressive supportive therapy with IV fluids, antibiotics and other medications to support blood pressure if needed. ...Read more

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How long does sepsis recovery take?

How long does sepsis recovery take?

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

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How long does it take to beat sepsis?

How long does it take to beat sepsis?

It depends: Some beat sepsis, while other may not be so lucky. Have it appropriately treated. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from sepsis?

How long does it take to recover from sepsis?

It depends: Some may be cured of it while others may not. It depends on the age, and health of the individual. It also depends timely appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How long is someone with sepsis expected to live?

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

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How long would it take to fully heal from sepsis?

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

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Please tell me how long it takes for to cure sepsis?

Please tell me how long it takes for to cure sepsis?

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

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How long does a baby have sepsis before they die from it?

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

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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

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How long can the elderly live with sepsis?

How long can the elderly live with sepsis?

It varies: It depends on the source of the infection, the level of aggressive treatment that the body can tolerate, the level of target organ damage and the quality of person's life. ...Read more

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How long does it take for sepsis to kill someone?

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

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When left untreated, how long before sepsis develops from endometritis?

When left untreated, how long before sepsis develops from endometritis?

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

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How long does it take for diverticulitis lead to sepsis if left untreated?

How long does it take for diverticulitis lead to sepsis if left untreated?

It varies: If untreated it could take days or it could take weeks. But a diagnosis of diverticulitis should be treated promptly with antibiotics regardless of the risk for progression to sepsis. ...Read more

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How long can a child go with appendicitis before he collapses from sepsis?

How long can a child go with appendicitis before he collapses from sepsis?

Variable: There are many different ways in which this can progress. If it forms a periappendiceal abscess, this could actually drain externally through fistula formation. But why would anyone allow a child with appendicitis to go untreated for a correctable condition? ...Read more

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What do you advise if i was just wondering how long it would take for sepsis to develop into septic shock?

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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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