Cuts, scrapes, or the common flu don’t seem very alarming, because we expect to feel better each day. However, if an infection isn’t treated properly and fully in order to ensure that the infection does not continue to fester, it can eventually develop into sepsis – when the body ceases to function correctly and cells begin to die.
The body naturally releases chemicals to fight off infections. However, the body’s response to these chemicals can go overboard and become damaging to itself. Within hours, sepsis can lead to tissue damage, multiple organ failure, and even death.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that each year, at least 1.7 million Americans get sepsis due to an infection. Let’s talk about the main symptoms of sepsis and where you can go for more information if you’re concerned about this dangerous condition.
Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis
Sepsis can develop anywhere in the body, and the various symptoms include the following:
- Confusion or delirium
- Rapid heartbeat
- Sensitivity to light
- Shaking or chills
- Skin rash
- Decreased urine output
Patients with sepsis usually develop a rash that looks like a cluster of small spots of blood. These may get bigger and start to look like fresh bruises. Eventually, they may join together, causing skin damage and discoloration.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above after undergoing surgery or being hospitalized, do not hesitate to tell your doctor or surgeon about the symptoms. The physician may prescribe antibiotics or intravenous fluids.
Sepsis can develop into septic shock when specific changes in the circulatory system, cells, and body’s energy usage become abnormal. Blood pressure also drops dramatically.
Doctors often require several tests to confirm sepsis, including the following:
- Blood Tests – Your doctor will take a blood sample to establish proof of infection, clotting issues, liver or kidney dysfunction, impaired oxygen availability, and electrolyte imbalances.
- Other Laboratory Tests – Your doctor may need to get samples of your urine, wound secretions, and respiratory secretions.
Emergency Care in Wooster, Ohio
If you are experiencing any concerning symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Our healthcare providers at Wooster Community Hospital are ready to help you with your health concerns of any kind.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today by calling (330) 263-8144 or request an appointment now via our online form. We look forward to being your healthcare partner!