Septicaemia signs and symptoms


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Septicaemia is a serious medical condition that occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to an infection. This can trigger widespread inflammation throughout the body and can lead to possible damage of organs and tissues. You can contract septicaemia from a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection that starts in one part of the body and spreads to the bloodstream.

Sources of septicaemia

Common sources of infection that can cause septicaemia include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Abdominal infections (such as appendicitis)
  • Skin infections

Preventive measures such as vaccinations, good hygiene practices and regular medical check-ups can help to reduce the risk of infections that may lead to septicaemia.

Septicaemia symptoms in older adults

Septicaemia in older adults can present a higher risk level due to the presence of other health problems. Older adults may have a weakened immune system, making them more susceptible to infections.

Septicaemia signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fever or low body temperature
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Confusion or altered mental status
  • Extreme weakness or fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Reduced urine output
  • Pale or mottled skin
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)

Please note that the signs and symptoms of septicaemia can vary widely and not all patients will experience every symptom. The severity of symptoms depends on the underlying cause of the infection, the patient’s overall health and the stage of sepsis. For further information on how to spot the early signs of septicaemia, please read our blog post on the symptoms of sepsis in older adults.

Septicaemia requires prompt medical attention and treatment with antibiotics and supportive care. Early detection and intervention are crucial to improving outcomes and reducing the risk of complications. 

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