What is Sepsis/Septicemia
The outbreak of the disease called Sepsis/ Septicemia has increased rapidly. The disease is not being treated properly and the death rate is very high. Many lives can be saved if there are information about its initial symptoms and prevention.
Septicemia is a serious bloodstream infection. It is also known as bacteria, or blood poisoning. Septicemia occurs when a bacterial infection elsewhere in the body occurs in the lungs or skin, which enters the blood.
According to Medical News Today, septicemia, also known as sepsis, is a life-threatening complication that can occur when another infection causes bacteria to enter the blood and spread throughout the body.
Every year 25,000 children in England are affected by Septicemia.
After being affected by sepsis, there are permanent changes in the survivors that cause problems throughout life.
In Britain, five people die every hour from Septicemia.
The UK Sepsis Trust has been formed to deal with Septicemia in the UK.
According to The UK Sepsis Trust, sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) is hypersensitivity of the immune system to an infection or injury.
Normally our immune system fights infection, but sometimes, due to many reasons that are still incomprehensible, it invades the tissues and organs of our body.
If it is not treated immediately, then organs can stop functioning due to Septicemia and death can also occur. But if it is identified in time, it is possible to treat it with antibiotics.
Sepsis symptoms sepsis diagnosis
According to The UK Sepsis Trust, Septicemia may initially look like a flu, gastroenteritis or chest infection. There is no single indication of this, and different symptoms are found in adults and children.
Identification of sepsis in adults
According to The UK Sepsis Trust, early stage sepsis can be misidentified as a chest infection. Possibly the following six symptoms may be from ‘SEPSIS’. If any of these symptoms appear in adults, seek medical attention immediately –
- Difficulty speaking or confusion
- Muscle pain and extreme chills
- Loss of urine all day
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling like death is close
- Skin color discolored (mottled or discolored)
According to The UK Sepsis Trust, if your child is suffering from low temperature fever, a child may have Septicemia if he / she:
- Breathing very fast,
- He is getting fit,
- The body is pale, bluish or mottled,
- There are Rashes on the body, which do not fade even after pressing
- Too sluggish and hard to wake up
- A child under 5 years of age may suffer from Septicemia if he:
- Not eating
- Is constantly puking
- Has not urinated in the last 12 hours.
Fast Facts About Sepsis According to Medical News Today
- Sepsis occurs when the infection reaches the blood. It is a life-threatening emergency.
- Children, old people and those with weak immune systems are easy victims of sepsis.
- Septic can be fatal without immediate treatment.
- Antibiotics can treat sepsis effectively, but they need to be given immediately.
- The patient may take time to recover from Septicemia and during this time he needs extreme rest.
Lifestyle changes and home remedies
The following lifestyle changes and home remedies can help you deal with Septicemia:
- To avoid this, vaccination of flu and pneumonia can be taken as per the doctor’s advice.
- Take care of any wound or scratch on the body and keep it from infection.
- If you fall ill again and again, talk to the doctor.
- A healthy lifestyle helps reduce infections that can cause Septicemia.
- Quit smoking and alcohol.
According to Medical News Today, infections commonly caused by Septicemia include pneumonia, followed by urinary tract infections (UTIs), gastrointestinal (GI) infections, and skin or soft tissue infections.
According to Medical News Today, such people can easily fall prey to sepsis –
- People with weak immune systems who are HIV positive, are suffering from AIDS, are suffering from cancer or are taking cancer therapy,
- Those suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, lung disease, and kidney disease
- Be less than 1 year old or over 65 years old
- Those who have had recent surgery or been transplanted.
(Note – This news is not a medical consultation, it is a summary of a study aimed at creating awareness in the general public. You should not make a decision based on this, consult a doctor.)
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