Sepsis (blood poisoning) is a potentially deadly infection with signs and symptoms that include elevated heart rate, low or high temperature, rapid breathing and/or a white blood cell count that is too high or too low and has more than 10% band cells. Most cases of sepsis are caused by bacterial infections, and some cases are caused by fungal infections. Treatment requires hospitalization, IV antibiotics, and therapy to treat any organ dysfunction. Read more: Sepsis Article
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Treatment & Diagnosis
- Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea)
- Low Urine Output
- Fatigue, Tiredness, and Lethargy
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- Altered Mental Status
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Prevention & Wellness
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