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Sepsis: A Life-Threatening Response to Infection

Sepsis is a rare but serious condition that occurs when the body's immune system goes into overdrive while trying to fight an infection. Instead of protecting the body, this hyperactive immune response can cause damage to vital organs.

Spotting the Signs

If you suspect sepsis, look out for the following symptoms:

  • Fever or very low body temperature
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Extreme weakness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Reduced urine output
  • Cold, clammy skin

If you experience any of these signs, seek medical attention immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for improving outcomes.

Preventing Sepsis

While sepsis can be life-threatening, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk:

  • Practice good hygiene to prevent infections.
  • Seek prompt medical attention for any signs of infection.
  • Stay up-to-date with vaccinations.
  • Know your risk factors and discuss them with your healthcare provider.

Remember, sepsis can affect anyone, so awareness and vigilance are essential.

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