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What are the odds of a 22yo, healthy female getting a septic blood infection through small blisters on hands after handling unwashed chicken eggs&dirt?
Incorrect term: There is no such thing as septic blood. Sepsis is systemic inflammatory response syndrome in a patient with an infection. Sirs is high WBC count with fever, elevated pulse and elevated respiratory rate. Septicemia refers to bacteria circulating in the blood stream usually because of a serious infection. ...Read more
Infection plus: This is imprecise term but "sepsis" is said to exist when there are signs of a generalized inflammatory response in the body, this includes fever, elevated white cell count, rapid heart rate and respiratory rate, abnormally low blood pressure. If the source of the infection causing this is the lung, then the patient may be said to be septic from pneumonia. ...Read more
Fever and pain:
Septic arthritis is a big deal. It presents with fever, joint pain swelling and redness and lots of pain upon joint motion. Treatment revolves around drainage and continued drainage of the pus in the joint and appropriate antimicrobial therapy.
Serious damage to the joint can occur with mismanagement. ...Read more
Septic shock: Septic shock is a form of shock caused by an infectious organism. Typically, this is a bacteria (and there are a variety of these), and a person's susceptibility to these may be influenced by co-morbid medical problems like diabetes. Fungal organisms also cause sepsis, and viruses produce a sepsis syndrome as well. There are other causes of shock that mimic sepsis. ...Read more
A boil is a localized collection of pus and bacteria. This requires drainage and, often, antibiotics.
As staph is extremely common, delay in treatment is not recommended as it can spread. A simple procedure (incision and drainage) can be performed to remove the collection of pus and antibiotics is usually started by mouth. ...Read more
Impairment: Severe sepsis can cause many different organs to fail including the liver. Inflammatory responses and low blood pressures can cause the liver to not function normally. Usually the liver recovers as the sepsis is treated and the inflammation subsides and blood pressure is corrected. Unfortunately a patient with sepsis severe enough to disrupt liver function has a significant chance of dying. ...Read more
Hip joint infection: A septic hip is, by definition, an infected hip. The infection can be caused by a multitude of bacteria or other microbiologic entities. The joint can become infected directly via a wound that communicates with the hip, or the joint can be seeded via the blood supply and end up infecting the hip joint. ...Read more
Septic shock: Patients who survive septic shock or any critical illness have the potential (but not definite) for long term sequelae. Part of this is determined by complications experienced during sepsis, such as respiratory, heart, or renal failure, neurological complications, problems with blood flow to extremities and risk of gangrene. Patients may also experience post traumatic stress disorder. ...Read more
Not likely: The word "septic" is an infection in the blood, usually with a gram negative, intestinal organism such as e coli. Even if the child breaks the skin and ends up with an infection on the skin, it is usually with a gram poitove such as staph or strep. They are less likely to spread to the blood from that source. Beside that, the skin of the scalp is tough and a little less likely to develop infection. ...Read more
Shock: Shock means there is low blood pressure with the body's response of increased heart rate. Add to this that it is due to overwhelming infection so there is fever (or abnormally low temperature) increased breathing effort, increased (or low) WBC poor oxygenation, then you have septic shock and those are the things you see. ...Read more
There is no set time: ...& can vary from hours to never. Gangrenous tissue should be surgically removed as soon as it is medically safe to do so (i.e., when anesthesia, if needed, can be tolerated) and something can be done to protect the raw tissue that's left behind- unless infection has already started in which case it's even more urgent and no longer as important to worry about covering the raw tissue right away. ...Read more
Feeling ill after cleaning out mainline to the septic tank and being exposed to raw sewage. Can this cause actual illness?
Yes, rarely.: You are most likely reeling from the contact with sewage. It would only cause illness if you involuntarily ingested some, this might lead to fever and diarrhea. Could the bacteria that live in sewage enter through a break in the skin. If you practice normal hygiene and are in good general health you are okay ...Read more
86yr old decling health is turning septic. Family devides not to treat. 86yr old has advanced directives and is a dnr. Has chills how long to live?
"how long?? ": Generally untreated sepsis is fairly quick- At some point the body's ability to fight the infection - fever - is overwhelmed and various organ systems start to fail - usually the kidneys and pulmonary system. This can take hours to days. For patient comfort I would strongly suggest contacting a hospice agency. They can provide comfort measures and allow him to pass comfortably and peacefully ...Read more
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