Sepsis is one of the complications of an infection that has the potential to threaten a person's life. That is why, it is important to understand all the symptoms of sepsis and find out the prevention tricks before this condition actually occurs.
What are the characteristics and symptoms of sepsis to watch out for?
The immune system has the main task of blocking incoming infections. Well, sepsis occurs when certain chemicals released by the immune system into the bloodstream to fight infection actually cause inflammation.
This is thought to be the result of a chemical response that is too excessive and thus threatens the health of the body, which risks causing blood poisoning. Gradually, this condition can interfere with the function of organs in the body which eventually lead to various symptoms of sepsis.
Symptoms of someone who has sepsis are not always the same because the developmental stage of sepsis is divided into two categories, namely sepsis and septic shock.
Symptoms of sepsis
This category is the initial feature in people who have just experienced sepsis, including:
- High fever more than 38 degrees Celsius, sometimes accompanied by shivering
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Respiratory rates tend to be fast and difficult to regulate
- Production of abnormal drying
Unfortunately, this symptom of sepsis is often ignored or misinterpreted as a symptom of other diseases. The key is to notice the appearance of sepsis symptoms if you or the closest person has just had an infection condition.
It doesn't hurt to see a doctor if you feel one or several unusual symptoms appear.
Symptoms of septic shock
The characteristics shown in septic shock are not much different from sepsis. However, in this category the symptoms are also accompanied by a very low reduction in blood pressure. Various complications can also arise due to the development of symptoms of sepsis and septic shock, namely the formation of blood clots throughout the body.
These clots can block the flow of blood and oxygen to the organs in your body. As a result, the risk of organ failure and tissue death (gangrene) will also increase. Therefore, do not delay immediately seeking medical help, especially when sepsis occurs or has reached septic shock.
Sepsis can still be prevented, provided ...
Sepsis is indeed not a playful medical condition. Because there are many bacteria, viruses, or fungi that can easily infect a person's body, causing a variety of serious infections. Starting from urinary tract infections, stomach infections, skin infections, and lung infections, especially for people with weak immune systems that make it more susceptible to infection.
But don't panic right away, knowing how to prevent sepsis can help you to maintain a healthy body and environment around the risk of spreading infection.
The easiest way you can start is to maintain personal and personal hygiene, namely by taking a regular bath and washing your hands diligently. Yes, even though it is often overlooked, but in fact hand washing plays an important role in reducing the spread of viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Remember, not just washing your hands with water, you should complete the hand washing process using soap and running water. If you want more optimal results, you can choose antiseptic hand soap instead of hand soap that is only superior thanks to its fragrant aroma.
Antiseptic hand washing soap has been equipped with special ingredients so that it can help reduce the risk of infection due to the attack of harmful germs. Make sure you rub all parts of your hands, including your palms, the back of your hands, between your fingers, to your nails, for about 15-20 seconds.
On the other hand, prevention of sepsis can be accompanied by understanding the ins and outs of the symptoms, and adhering to all the health advice presented by the doctor. For example, by not skipping the vaccine schedule and doing proper treatment if you experience open wounds on the skin.
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