10 Things You Need To Know About Sepsis

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A blood infection, otherwise known as sepsis, is a potentially fatal illness that is brought on by your body’s response to an infection. On a regular day, your immune system protects you from the various illnesses and infections that people run across in their lives, however, it is also possible for your immune system to go into overdrive as a response to an infection, and end up causing inflammation rather than curing the infection. Severe cases of sepsis can lead to septic shock, which is considered a medical emergency. Each year, more than 1.5 million cases of sepsis are reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sepsis kills more than 250,000 Americans a year.
Know the symptoms and what to look out for, in case you may have this life-threatening disease.

Fever above 101, or a temperature below 96.8

We all know that fever is one of the first responses that our body takes in fighting an infection. It can support our immune system’s attempt to gain an advantage over infectious agents like viruses and bacteria and can make our bodies less conducive hosts for replicating germs which are temperature sensitive. Fever is a common symptom of sepsis, though it may not present in elderly or immunosuppressed people.