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How long is it supposed to it take for a person to show signs of a septic blood infection?

How long is it supposed to it take for a person to show signs of a septic blood infection?

Sepsis: Bloodstream infections may produce sepsis symptoms such as fever, fast heart and breathing rates within minutes of the onset of the infection. More serious complications may ensue over a few hours. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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


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I have a bacterial infection, what factors could cause the infection to become septic?

I have a bacterial infection, what factors could cause the infection to become septic?

Very rare: If you mean a bacterial infection in the vagina, it would be highly unlikely for this to proceed to sepsis, which is a serious infection of the bloodstream. ...Read more

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When a kidney infection goes septic what does it mean?

When a kidney infection goes septic what does it mean?

Kidney infection: If the infection in the kidney is not well treated, then it is likely that infection can spread via blood stream, to other regions of the body. ...Read more

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How long does it take to wake from a medically induced coma? There may still be some infection after a septic shock episode.

How long does it take to wake from a medically induced coma? There may still be  some infection after a septic shock episode.

Depends: Depends on how badly the organs have failed during the septic shock episode - particularly kidneys and liver that clear medicines from the body. So it may be immediate or delayed up to several days. If it doesn't happen when expected, further work-up is warranted to rule out a stroke or other problems that may have happened during the coma. ...Read more

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Can any bacterial infection become septic?

Can any bacterial infection become septic?

Sepsis: Most bacterial infections do not spread into the blood stream, the definition of sepsis. Most simple infection, such as skin infections, or bladder infections do not spread. But lung infections (pneumonia), kidney infections (pyelonephritis), deep skin abcesses, gall bladder infections, appendicitis, all can spread bacterial to the blood stream. Sepsis can be deadly, and needs hospitalization. ...Read more

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I have leukemia, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

I have leukemia, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

It is possible: Leukemia itself may reduce your white blood cells that fight infection (granulocytes) but many of the treatments we use to destroy these leukemia cells also reduce your normal granulocytes. This can increase your chance of infection and spread to the blood stream (sepsis). Antibiotics offer some protection from this happening. ...Read more

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I have burkett's lymphoma, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

I have burkett's lymphoma, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

It is possible: Usually the treatment for burkett's lymphoma is quite aggressive. This usually means that your normal white blood cells - which protect you from infection with bacteria may be lower for a longer period of time. The longer they are quite low, the higher the chance of infection that may spread to your blood stream (septicemia). ...Read more

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What is itcalled when you don't get a fever when you have an infection. I haven't had a fever since '94 when i had pyelonephritis i been septic 4xs?

Septic 4x's ? WOW: If you truly have been septic 4 times with or without fever i would suspect you have immune system dysfunction. You should have your complement system evaluated along with white blood cell function (chemo tactic activity, null killer cell activity)- not just amount. Do you still have a spleen? Sepsis has a 40% mortality with each episode. Maybe you are confusing the name with something else. ...Read more

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more