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Hello doctor,

I have heard about sepsis and its potentially life-threatening nature. Can you explain what sepsis is, its causes, and how it develops in the body? What are the common signs and symptoms of sepsis that I should be aware of? When should I seek immediate medical attention if I suspect sepsis Thank you.

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Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body responds to infection and damages its own tissues and organs. It is a medical emergency situation that requires immediate treatment. Sepsis can be caused by any type of infection, but it is most common in people with pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and infections of the skin or soft tissues. When the body's immune system fights an infection, it releases chemicals that cause inflammation. In sepsis, this inflammation becomes too severe. This can lead to organ failure and death. The signs and symptoms of sepsis can vary depending on the severity of the infection and the person's age and overall health. Some common signs and symptoms include fever, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, confusion, pale skin, blue lips or fingernails, difficulty urinating. Treatment for sepsis usually involves antibiotics, fluids, and oxygen. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the source of the infection. With prompt treatment, most people with sepsis make a full recovery. To help prevent sepsis get vaccinated against common infections such as pneumonia and influenza, wash your hands often with soap and water, keep wounds clean and covered and see a doctor promptly if you have an infection. I hope your queries are resolved and any further queries are welcome. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq
Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiology

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