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My father is just about recovering from a severe sepsis infection that included septic shock. Still has low grade fever. How long does recovery take?

My father is just about recovering from a severe sepsis infection that included septic shock. Still has low grade fever. How long does recovery take?

Sepsis: It can certainly depend on the etiology of the sepsis and the degree of organ dysfunction that occurred. Some recover fully, some take weeks, some never quite recover organ function and cardiac, pulmonary, brain and kidney function may be impaired afterwards. If he is still with fever days/weeks into therapy, I would make sure he has been evaluated for endocarditis with blood cultures and an echo. ...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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Could I have picked up the bacteria causing my sepsis over a year ago? Kidney stone last week, its stuck, admitted after second er visit for fever,

Could I have picked up the bacteria causing my sepsis over a year ago? Kidney stone last week, its stuck, admitted after second er visit for fever,

Probably longer: The bacteria that cause urinary tract infection -- with or without sepsis, kidney stone, etc -- are not caught from outside. Mostly they are entirely normal in the intestine, and it is likely you have carried the one that caused your sepsis in your intestinal tract for many years, perhaps your entire life. You'll probably never know for sure, and it probably doesn't matter. ...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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How common of a complication is sepsis with rocky mountain fever?

How common of a complication is sepsis with rocky mountain fever?

Uncertain how common: Information on the approximate percentage of rocky mountain spotted fever patients who get sepsis is hard to find. Nowadays, with antibiotic treatment, the rmsf fatality rate is 4%. A rough guess on the percentage with sepsis could be 20%-25%. ...Read more

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Bp of 90 And fever of 38.6 on chemotherapy treatment. Can this be sepsis?

Bp of 90 And fever of 38.6 on chemotherapy treatment. Can this be sepsis?

Concern: It's definitely concerning. While I can't say for sure it's sepsis without other information including a blood culture and other information, it's possible you could be on your way to sepsis, especially given the fact you're on chemotherapy. I would highly suggest you get in touch with your treating physician or his/her on call physician this afternoon and discuss your symptoms with them. Good luck ...Read more

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Is rheumatic fever something like sepsis?

Is rheumatic fever something like sepsis?

Autoimmune: Rheumatic fever is a sequels of untreated streptococcal throat infection. Body produces antibodies to the bacteria which can attack joints and heart valves as they share some protein structures with the bacteria. ...Read more

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Fever on chemo at 38.5 and bp about 90-100 plus low WBC. Is this sepsis sign?

Fever on chemo at 38.5 and bp about 90-100 plus low WBC. Is this sepsis sign?

May be sepsis: But could be something else. Please go to the nearest Emergency facility as soon as you can.
Wish you well. ...Read more

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Can you get sepsis without a cough or fever, in other words, can you have an infection that suddenly leads to sepsis without warning symptoms first?

Although it is rare: There are some very virulent organisms that can lead to sepsis within hours but rarely without some symptoms of some kind. Staphylococcal pneumonia, Gram negative bacteria and Meningitis are potentials for your scenario of sudden and overwhelming sepsis. ...Read more

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Is shakiness a symptom of sepsis? I don't have fever however my skin is cold. I'm just worried but can't go to ER

Is shakiness a symptom of sepsis? I don't have fever however my skin is cold. I'm just worried but can't go to ER

Not really: You can get shaking chills called rigors, do you have a reason to be ill? Do you have a temperature? ...Read more

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Fever for 2 weeks I feel very weak no energy I feel very dizzy when standing could this be sepsis?

Fever for 2 weeks I feel very weak no energy I feel very dizzy when standing could this be sepsis?

Phone your doctor: A persistent fever of unknown origin for 2 full weeks needs attention. Please contact your doctor today. If you had sepsis, you would be ill enough to be hospitalized, but you may be at risk. Get this handled. ...Read more

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I'm on clarithromycin. I'm afraid it may kill bacteria and release endotoxins to my body tissues and cause fever or mild sepsis?

I'm on clarithromycin. I'm afraid it may kill bacteria and release endotoxins to my body tissues and cause fever or mild sepsis?

Antibiotic concerns: If you are concerned about depleting your stores of healthy bacteria you might wish to consider taking probiotics. ...Read more

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What could cause CRP to be 230, SED <97? Acute illness. No sepsis, no rash. Fever of 103, low BP, tachycardic. Have more info and test results. Ideas?

What could cause CRP to be 230, SED <97? Acute illness. No sepsis, no rash. Fever of 103, low BP, tachycardic. Have more info and test results. Ideas?

Inflammatory state: You could well have a rheumatic condition also. The CRP and ESR are non-specific indicators of an inflammatory process going on in your body. You need a complete and thorough workup probably at the nearest major University Hospital. Either in the division of Rheumatology or Infectious Disease. Good luck!
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My wife had sepsis in February this year. It started as a urinary tract infection and then into the kidney. Her fever got to 106 the first night in ICU. Since then she still has not gained her strength back and can't stay focused and has confusion. Could

My wife had sepsis in February this year. It started as a urinary tract infection and then into the kidney. Her fever got to 106 the first night in ICU. Since then she still has not gained her strength back and can't stay focused and has confusion. Could

Infection: Sounds like she had pylonephritis. A prolonged infectious state can deplete muscle and energy in patients. Usually being bed bound for a week one can lose up to 7 pounds of muscle. If the infection severe even at a faster rate. Prolonged ICU stays can also cause ICU delerium, confusion and this can last months per research. Some people can have chronic anxiety, PTSD, even months after. ...Read more

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My dad had a stent put in to help pass a kidney stone. A few days later, he had severe pain and developed a fever. Blood work showed he has sepsis.?

My dad had a stent put in to help pass a kidney stone. A few days later, he had severe pain and developed a fever. Blood work showed he has sepsis.?

Pyelonephritis.: Seems like the stone caused a kidney infection before it was removed. The blockage of urine flow out of that kidney would have allowed bacteria within the urine to set up shop and cause an infection. But the removal of that stone should help eradicate that infection. ...Read more

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Cold&mild fever. Took Tylenol, (acetaminophen)4 hours later, I would not stop sweating. BP dropped really low idk ifmachine was false err from panic. Sepsis? BPnorm now.28

Cold&mild fever. Took Tylenol, (acetaminophen)4 hours later, I would not stop sweating. BP dropped really low idk ifmachine was false err from panic. Sepsis? BPnorm now.28

Not sepsis: Often times the presence of sweating is the sign of the fever "breaking". BP changes for various reasons but panic will usually cause increase in blood pressure. Surely sepsis will cause low BP but sepsis is a "hospital diagnosis" …you wouldn't be asking questions via the internet if you were septic. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Hysterectomy dec 2012. Sepsis. Still very fatigued, back pain, no fever, pale, dark circles eyes. What type dr to see for followup regard sepsis?

Hysterectomy dec 2012. Sepsis. Still very fatigued, back pain, no fever, pale, dark circles eyes. What type dr to see for followup regard sepsis?

Recovery takes time: Your recovery will generally take about twice the duration of your illness. In other words, even if u do everything right, recovery time = twice the sick time. However, it is vital that u connect with your most trusted physician & your surgeon, 2 verify that u r doing everything possible 2 achieve optimal recovery. Optimal diet, exercise & sleep will promote optimal & quick recovery. Dr mike. ...Read more

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Vomiting w/ sirs - low bp, high liver enz, WBC > 20, no fever or sepsis, high neut % - and often have high neut %, low lymph % on cbcs, should this be evaluated by specialist? If so, what type?

Vomiting w/ sirs - low bp, high liver enz, WBC > 20, no fever or sepsis, high neut % - and often have high neut %, low lymph % on cbcs, should this be evaluated by specialist? If so, what type?

ID & Endo: High white count and low BP need infectious disease specialist even with no fever. Because of adrenal insufficiency, your endocrinologist needs to remain involved. If the patient is in hospital icu, a critical care doc needs to be involved. ...Read more

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My father survived a severe septic shock 4 months ago. For the first time since then, he has now fallen ill with a cold. No fever. Any precautions?

My father survived a severe septic shock 4 months ago. For the first time since then, he has now fallen ill with a cold. No fever. Any precautions?

Observation: Just be vigilant for worsening symptoms such as fever, lethargy, dehydration, high heart rate, difficulty breathing. Err on the side of caution in seeking medical care if you become concerned. ...Read more

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Do you always get a fever when you get blood poisoning?

Do you always get a fever when you get blood poisoning?

Usually: Blood poisoning is a lay term for lymphangitis. Lymphangitis is an infection of the lymphatic channels in the subcutaneous tissue. It usually occurs on an extremity. It is usually caused by beta hemolytic strains of streptococci and occasionally by staphylococcus aureus or p. Multocida after a cat bite. Fever is frequently but not always present. ...Read more

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Would someone with sepsis always have a temp above 101 or below 95?

Not necessarily: Matthew: the presentation of sepsis syndrome with infection often has hyper or hypothermia but not necessarily. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my cold and flu is severe and almost reaching sepsis?

How do I tell if my cold and flu is severe and almost reaching sepsis?

How bad are symptoms: Depending on how you feel will help determine whether you need advanced care or not (such as a visit to an emergency room or admission to the hospital). Influenza, or 'the flu' can be very serious. If you feel lightheaded, dizzy, or cannot keep food/liquids down, are getting dehydrated etc - those are things I would look for. Best next time to get the flu vaccine and limit the chances of being ill ...Read more

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Why do I almost never get a raised temperature? Not even with Crohn's, endocarditis, pneumonia, swine flu, central line sepsis. Is this common?

Why do I almost never get a raised temperature? Not even with Crohn's, endocarditis, pneumonia, swine flu, central line sepsis. Is this common?

Uncommon: Some individuals have a low basal body temperature, some may be hypothyroid, some may have a defect in the body's "thermostat" in the hypothalamus. But not becoming febrile with the conditions you mention is quite rare. ...Read more

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I have premature baby born with septic shock he survived. I am home will close relatives who wear a mask when they visit prevent flu to baby?

I have premature baby born with septic shock he survived. I am home will close relatives who wear a mask when they visit prevent flu to baby?

A good start!: Masks are a good idea, hand washing is even more important! The bottom line is that nothing is 100% certain to prevent transmission of a virus - except avoidance. If people are ill, they probably shouldn't be visiting. ...Read more

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How long does fussiness associated with sepsis last?

How long does fussiness associated with sepsis last?

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

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How long does irritability associated with sepsis last?

Variable: There can be a delirium that occurs with sepsis especially as a person becomes older that is quite distressing to family members. It can last as long as 2 weeks depending on the overall severity of the episode of illness. A few days is not uncommon in hospitalized patients. ...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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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