How could septic shock result from staph infection?

Q. What is the possibility of previous staph infection causing septic shock?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on May 08, 2020 and last reviewed on: Aug 16, 2023

Hello doctor,

I had a staph infection and I took antibiotics a month ago. I had been in the sun a lot recently and I am feeling symptoms of heat exhaustion, but I am worried that the staph infection is causing septic shock? Is this a possibility?



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I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a feeling of heat exhaustion as you were more exposed to the sunlight and worried about Staph infection that may cause septic shock. You had a staph infection one month back and you took antibiotics for that. So I think your previous staph infection was well eradicated by taking antibiotics. Even without treatment, it can be eradicated within 10-20 days. Staph infection may cause life-threatening condition like sepsis. Clinical features of sepsis are high fever with chills and rigors, rapid pulse rate, rapid breathing, hypotension, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. When staph bacteria enters a person's bloodstream and develop an infection that may affect the entire body and cause death is known as sepsis. You are not mentioned here that you are affected by sepsis-like clinical features and no history of having sepsis in the past. So now you are free from staph infection and no chance of sepsis caused by staph infection. I hope this helps.

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