What is blood poisoning?

Sepsis. Blood poisoning is the common term for sepsis which means bacteria or fungi have entered the blood stream and caused a cascade of immune events creating a very ill patient.
Septicemia. Blood poisoning is a lay term for what we now call septicemia - bacteria in the blood leading to systemic problems (shock, respiratory distress, kidney problems, liver problems, heart problems, etc).

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What causes blood poisoning?

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What does having blood poisoning mean?

Lay term. Blood poisoning is a lay term that is generally used to describe an overwhelming infection. The medical term used is sepsis or septic shock, which refers to an infection that leads to severe stress or collapse of vital organ systems. The physiology do sepsis is complex, wikipedia has a nice lay summary, but even that is about 4 pages long. Read more...
Sepsis. Blood poisoning is a lay term for sepsis - having bacteria in the blood - it can vary in severity from mild to moderate to severe with multi-organ system failure, low blood pressure and death. Read more...

What are symptoms of blood poisoning and diagnosis?

Sepsis. The medical term for blood poisoning is sepsis which means an infection where microbes are in the blood. Fever, malaise, drenching sweats and chills are the typical symptoms and they are usually abrupt in onset. Diagnosis is with physical exam, white blood cell count and blood cultures as well as a strong suspicion that an infection is present. Read more...

What are ways to detect blood poisoning (septicaemia/sepsis)?

See below. Symptom-wise - fever, chills, confusion, low blood pressure, rapid heart beat, weakness and fatigue, to name a few. We also look at certain tests - high or low white blood cell count, cultures etc. Read more...
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What happens with blood alcohol poisoning?

Not sure what you. mean by "blood alcohol poisoning." We measure alcohol in the blood, but alcohol poisoning is essentially an overdose of alcohol, which results in unconsciousness, progressing sedation with the potential for vomiting and aspiration with pneumonia, and gradually increasing respiratory depression, which if severe and untreated can lead to death, or survival with brain damage and other complications. Read more...

How do I know if I have blood poisoning?

Really sick. In medicine, we typically call blood poisoning bacteremia or sepsis. Symptoms include fast heart beat, fever and/or chills, faster breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue. A blood culture can diagnose blood poisoning. Treatment of blood poisoning usually involves hospitalization. Read more...

How is blood poisoning (septicaemia) caught?

Septicemia. Septicemia is a serious, life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly. It can arise from infections throughout the body, including infections in the lungs, abdomen, and urinary tract. It may come before or at the same time as these infections. Read more...
Septicemia. Infection spreading from local area to generalized, if local infection is untreated or inadequately treated. Read more...

How long does blood poisoning take to treat?

Blood Poisoning? This is not a medical term and needs further definition before your question could be answered. Tell us what you mean by "blood poisoning". Read more...