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Would sepis be considered a contagious infection?

Would sepis be considered a contagious infection?

Sepsis contagious?: Sepsis =infection w/severe inflammatory response (low bp, rapid hr, leaky blood vessels, poor blood flow to vital organs & extremities) infections w/ability to spread person (or animal/object) to person are contagious. Many infections are contagious & don't cause sepsis (i.e. Common cold, tb); some do (anthrax, salmonella, plague). Follow contact precautions posted for the sick pt to be safe. ...Read more

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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Can I reduce my chance of an infection and sepsis if I cook my meat well-done?

Can I reduce my chance of an infection and sepsis if I cook my meat well-done?

Some: Most people cook their meat adequately and the risk of developing sepsis from eating meat is low, but real. Cook chicken and turkey until they are 165 degrees, pork to 160, and beef and lamb until it is 145 degrees. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/is_it_done_yet/brochure_text/index.asp for more lay information. ...Read more

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I understand that an infection & 2 or more of the following may suggest sepsis: Temp < 36C, HR >90 & RR > 90. But are 3 necessary all day or all week?

It's moot: After a week, blood cultures will give the answer, or if sepsis is absent, another cause of the abnormal vital signs will have been found. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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Is the source of infection always found in sepsis?

Is the source of infection always found in sepsis?

No: Often the source of infection is not clearly identified and more than 1/3 the time the specific organism/ bug causing the sepsis is never identified. Often treatment/antbiotics fix the problem before source/organism can be clearly identified. ...Read more

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What is the most common way people get infections like neutropenic sepsis?

What is the most common way people get infections like neutropenic sepsis?

Neutropenic cause?: When you are neutropenic, you are susceptible to developing bacterial sepsis. The sources of bacteria are usually you - in other words common skin flora or bacteria from the intestine get into the blood stream and cause sepsis. Patients receiving chemotherapy commonly become neutropenic. Neutropenia can also be caused by a variety of other mechanisms (leukemia, autoimmune, and congenital). ...Read more

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Why do some people develop sepsis from urinary infections, and others don't?

Why do some people develop sepsis from urinary infections, and others don't?

Multiple factors.: The innate immune system, virulence of the organism, presence of renal stones or abnormal anatomy can all play a part in whether sepsis occurs. Even a persons diet prior to getting sick can make a difference. ...Read more

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What is sepsis infection?Can medical abortion cause sepsis and what are the symptoms of it?

What is sepsis infection?Can medical abortion cause sepsis and what are the symptoms of it?

You give me fever: Just like the lyrics to the song fever, sepsis or infection that has spread to the blood steam, "gives you fever in the day and the night." medical abortion in a safe medical environment, does not often cause sepsis as it used to in the past in unsanitary conditions. Most medical abortion clinics also provide prophylactic (preventative) antibiotics at the time of the procedure or post-operatively. ...Read more

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I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

Not usually: Your young age and whatever care you received helped you recover. Some people have transient kidney , liver and respiratory trouble but these issues would have occurred with the sepsis. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a yeast infection turn into sepsis? Or can it do that has there been any cases before? I have one for bout 7 months now

How long does it take for a yeast infection turn into sepsis? Or can it do that has there been any cases before? I have one for bout 7 months now

Not likely: An yeast infection cand turn into sepsis when your immune sistem is completely destroyed, this happens in aids, patient under chemotherapy treatment or other severe ailments. In your case highly unlikely. Make sure you get it treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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