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How to tell apart mild sepsis from severe?

How to tell apart mild sepsis from severe?

Organ failure: Sepsis is an inflammatory response (fever, rapid heart rate and/or breathing, increased white blood cell count) plus infection. Severe sepsis is when there is also some organ dysfunction as well: respiratory failure, kidney failure, change in mental status, & low blood pressure are some of the problems that can occur. Most patients with severe sepsis need to be in an intensive care unit.

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How to treat mild sepsis vs severe one?

How to treat mild sepsis vs severe one?

Iv antibiotics: Both IV antibiotics. Severe sepsis typically means the sepsis has effected other organs because of hypotension. These patients should be monitored in the ICU and aggressively resuscitated. Mild sepsis may be treated with IV antibiotics alone.

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Is it possible after taking 3 tablets of clarithromycin and body immune system fighting the infection, vas deferen infection with mild sepsis go away?

Is it possible after taking 3 tablets of clarithromycin and body immune system fighting the infection, vas deferen infection with mild sepsis go away?

Unlikely: clarithromycin might not be the right antibiotic for male genital tract infection/sepsis, as you described, please your doctor/urologist for evaluation, and proper management, good luck

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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.

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What to do if my hubby diagnosed with mild uremia. Was hospitalized with sepsis 4 years ago.?

What to do if my hubby diagnosed with mild uremia. Was hospitalized with sepsis 4 years ago.?

Love him: Uremia is a constellation of symptoms reflecting kidney failure. If your husband simply had elevated kidney function tests, find out what they are currently. Being well-muscled raises creatinine; most any illness can raise BUN temporarily. Ask how his renal function tests are today. I'm glad you have each other. Best wishes to you both.

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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

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I believe that Abx are usually given quickly after there is a strong suspicion of sepsis. How quickly, in your opinion, should N/S drip be given? Why?

Saline: In cases of severe sepsis iv fluids are needed and started asap along with iv antibiotics. The goal is to avoid dehydration, low bp and kidney failure. The rate of infusion of saline or 5%dextrose with normal or half normal saline depends upon blood pressure, cardiorenal status, ability of patient to take by mouth and degree of dehydration or fluid loss upon admission to the hospital.

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What is sepsis?

A severe infection: Sepsis is the term used by doctors to describe a severe, life-threatening bloodstream infection. Sepsis can cause your baby's organs to fail. If untreated, sepsis can be fatal. Treatment with intravenous fluids and antibiotics, and close monitoring in the hospital can prevent serious complications.

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What is sepsis?

What is sepsis?

Sepsis: There are now a set of 4 criteria that define sepsis. High or low WBC count, pulse of >90, respirations of 20 or greater and temperature elevation or hypothermia. Any 2 of these when infection is present constitutes "sepsis". There are further criteria for severe sepsis, septic shock and sepsis with multiorgan failure.

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What causes sepsis?

Infection: Sepsis is related to a severe infection. With severe involvement can see low blood pressure and organ malfunction.

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How common is sepsis?

Common: Sepsis with a severe infection is common - to meet the definition you need only have a suspected infection, a heart rate greater than 90, temperature greater than 100.4 or less than 96.8, a respiratory rate greater than 20, or a high or low white blood cell count.

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Can anyone get sepsis?

Yes: If you encounter a virulent enough pathogen and have an immune system, you can get septic.

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How does sepsis spread?

How does sepsis spread?

Blood: Typically sepsis starts in a single area - kidney, open wound, broken bone, etc - but spreads throught the body in the bloodstream.

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How is sepsis diagnosed?

How is sepsis diagnosed?

Sepsis: This is defined as fever (or hypothermia), rapid pulse (>90/min), rapid respirations (>20/min), and elevated or suppressed WBC counts. Any two of these criteria, if caused by infection, yields a diagnosis of "sepsis". This is very specific. If you have low blood pressure not responding to fluids then you have septic shock. If more than one organ system is failing =multiorgan failure.

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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.

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What are sepsis sores like?

Varies: Depending on the type of infection causing the sepsis syndrome, the skin sores vary. Blisters, areas of skin death (necrosis), deep ulcers, raised/hard areas all occur.

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How fast does sepsis occur?

Very: Someone with a "mild" kidney infection can go septic and be dead in as little as eight hours. I've seen it. This is why these things are so dangerous.

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