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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?
Depends on the dirt: Where the eggs came from, if she washed her hands afterwards, if she was diabetic, how much alcolhol or drugs she ingests etc. This is a likely story or infection however, so far odds for a wound infection, less for cellulitis, and less still for sepsis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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