Rated 5.0/5 based on 14 votes

Top
10
Doctor insights on: Septic Shock

Share
Dr. William Walsh
344 doctors shared insights
1

1
I'm afraid that I may get septic shock, are there certain signs to look for?

I'm afraid that I may get septic shock, are there certain signs to look for?

No: You will feel terrible, your blood pressure will be so low that your vital organs begin to fail and you will be too delirious to know what is going on. In reality, most people don't ever develop this unless they have other problems or come into contact with a bad bacteria and avoid antibiotic therapy. There is little reason to worry about this; if it is consuming you i would suggest therapy. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Board Certified
17 years in practice
1M people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Continue
Dr. William Walsh
344 doctors shared insights
2

2
What are the symptoms associated with septic shock?

What are the symptoms associated with septic shock?

Septic shock: The symptoms of septic shock can vary to the individual prior to coming to medical attention, but may involve fever, lethargy, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, headache and weakness, amongst others. Clinical signs may include elevated heart rate, low blood pressure, rapid breathing, decreases urine output, low oxygen saturations, altered mental status, and acid build up in blood stream, to name a few. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Board Certified
17 years in practice
1M people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Continue
4

4
What are the tests for septic shock?

Septic shock: Septic shock is a clinical diagnosis. Recovery of an infectious organism, typically bacterial although other organisms are possible, helps to confirm the diagnosis although this takes time- sometimes days or longer. There are a number of tests that clinicians use to help initially make a diagnosis and to guide therapy, although the history and physical examination are of great importance. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
5

5
Hi doctors, can you tell me what is septic shock, and how would you know?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is septic shock, and how would you know?

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

Get help from a doctor now ›
6

6
What types of antibiotics can cause septic shock?

What types of antibiotics can cause septic shock?

Did you mean bugs?: Antibiotics don't cause septic shock, bacteria do. All kinds of bacteria can do this but most commonly gram-negatives from the urinary or gastrointestinal tract, gram-positives from skin etc infections and the various that cause pneumonia. Antibiotics are used to treat septic shock, together with all other supportive care. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Board Certified
17 years in practice
1M people helped
Get help from a specialist now
Continue
7

7
Can someone explain to me how come patients with septic shock be treated with insulin and corticosteroids?

Can someone explain to me how come patients with septic shock be treated with insulin and corticosteroids?

To improve survival: Steroids may be used in septic shock that persists despite max support. The adrenal may suffer during shock and glucose metabolism is off , necessitating Insulin especially when giving steroids. The steroids are in low to intermediate dose. High dose steroids in septic shock are associated with higer mortality. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
8

8
What is the treatment for septic shock?

What is the treatment for septic shock?

Septic shock: Treatment for septic shock involves reversal of shock, supportive care and antibiotic therapy. The forms that each of these treatments can take is predicated upon the severity of the shock. Some patients may only require fluid administration along with antibiotics and close monitoring while others may need invasive care in the intensive care unit. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
9

9
A female mid 50's has been in a coma for 6 years now. Septic shock was the cause of the coma. Are there successful new treatments for this?

A female mid 50's has been in a coma for 6 years now. Septic shock was the cause of the coma. Are there successful new treatments for this?

Probably not: If she has been in a coma for the last six years due to septic shock, unfortunately, it is unlikely that she will recover. As far as i know, there are no new treatments for prolonged comas such as this. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. William Walsh
1,056 doctors shared insights

Shock (Definition)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
1,768 doctors shared insights

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


Get more personalized answers directly from real doctors!

Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
17 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
68,000 doctors available
Find us on Facebook