If you have an infection, your body can develop a life-threatening reaction known as sepsis. Sepsis takes more than 258,000 American lives each year according to the Centers for Disease Control. Here’s what you need to know about sepsis and how you can spot the symptoms.
What to Know About Sepsis
Sepsis occurs when your immune system responds to an infection in an extreme manner that causes inflammation throughout the body. Something as simple as an untreated cut or as serious as improper healing from a procedure can provoke the response.
Typically, sepsis develops in people who are already sick and have weakened immune systems, such as seniors and infants. It progresses rapidly and can cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death if not promptly treated.
The Causes of Sepsis
Sepsis can develop in anyone who has almost any infection. The four types of infections most commonly linked with sepsis include:
- Kidney (especially urinary tract infections)
- Lungs (especially pneumonia)