also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a condition triggered by the presence of harmful microbes and their toxins in bodily tissues, typically through infection of a wound, that causes the immune system to attacks the body's own tissues and organs whilst trying to fight off the infection. This can lead to a reduction of blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys and cause organ failure which can be fatal.
Bacterial, fungal or viral infections can lead sepsis and the most common causes are
Sepsis can happen in three stages and the first symptoms can be
Body temperature above 101 F (38.3 C) or below 96.8 F (36 C).
Heart rate higher than 90 beats a minute.
Respiratory rate higher than 20 breaths a minute.
Severe sepsis (stage two) is where at least one of the following signs and symptoms is apparent which indicate an organ may be failing:
Abnormal heart pumping function.
Abrupt change in mental status.
Decrease in platelet count.
Significantly decreased urine output.
Septic shock (stage three) will be diagnosed after there are signs and symptoms of severe sepsis plus extremely low blood pressure that does not adequately respond to simple fluid replacement.
There are no natural remedies for this life threatening condition and only emergency hospital treatment is able to deal with it. Having a malfunctioning spleen can lead to sepsis so it is important to protect against it by helping the body to fight off any infections before they overwhelm the immune system.
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