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Is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?

Is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?

Yes: Many people refer to sepsis as "blood poisoning". It means that bacteria and/or fungi have invaded the blood stream allowing them to travel to many internal organs like the heart or the brain. If untreated a person with this condition may go into septic shock. Antibiotic treatment is needed to treat this condition along with careful monitoring in the hospital. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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What are ways to detect blood poisoning (septicaemia/sepsis)?

What are ways to detect blood poisoning (septicaemia/sepsis)?

Bipolar 2: Not sure what the question is, but hope u r doing well & tolerating your meds. Any inquiries re. The meds. Need to be directed to your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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What does having blood poisoning mean?

What does having  blood poisoning mean?

Lay term: Blood poisoning is a lay term that is generally used to describe an overwhelming infection. The medical term used is sepsis or septic shock, which refers to an infection that leads to severe stress or collapse of vital organ systems. The physiology do sepsis is complex, wikipedia has a nice lay summary, but even that is about 4 pages long. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have blood poisoning?

Really sick: In medicine, we typically call blood poisoning bacteremia or sepsis. Symptoms include fast heart beat, fever and/or chills, faster breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue. A blood culture can diagnose blood poisoning. Treatment of blood poisoning usually involves hospitalization. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of blood poisoning and diagnosis?

What are symptoms of blood poisoning and diagnosis?

Sepsis: The medical term for blood poisoning is sepsis which means an infection where microbes are in the blood. Fever, malaise, drenching sweats and chills are the typical symptoms and they are usually abrupt in onset. Diagnosis is with physical exam, white blood cell count and blood cultures as well as a strong suspicion that an infection is present. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could blood poisoning heal by itself?

Get it treated.: If an infective agent travels to the blood stream and spreads, it could cause what is called sepsis. With sepsis the body is greatly challenged to fight the infection. In severe cases the patient may go into multi-organ failure, shock, or even death. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Could salmonella really cause blood poisoning?

Could salmonella really cause blood poisoning?

Yes: Salmonella is an occasional cause of blood infections, more often in those with weaker immune systems, kids and the elderly.It is better known as a cause of bloody diarrhea and some strains cause typhoid fever. ...Read more

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Can i get blood poisoning from toe infections?

Can i get blood poisoning from toe infections?

Yes: Sepsis does happen from toe infection. If and when the infection gets into the joints of your toes, since they are highly vascular, you increase the chance of sepsis or infection spreading through your blood. So see you doctor or podiatrist as soon as possible for antibiotic treatment and evaluation. You may need IV antibiotics and hospitalization if the infection is severe. ...Read more

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Tiny red line from tattoo, is this blood poisoning?

Tiny red line from tattoo, is this blood poisoning?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Virus in the blood stream the same as blood poisoning?

Virus in the blood stream the same as blood poisoning?

No: The old term blood poisoning refers to septic shock from bacterial toxins. While viral infections can lead to multiorgan failure, it is not from a viral toxi.But rather from systemic inflammation run amok. ...Read more

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more