What are the stages of sepsis?

Doctors say that sepsis progresses through a series of stages. There are usually three stages, which occur with sepsis. The first stage is the least severe and presents symptoms, such as a fever and increased heart rate. The next stage is more severe and presents symptoms, such as possible organ malfunction and difficulty breathing. The last, and most severe stage, of sepsis is septic shock. This includes all the symptoms of regular sepsis along with an extremely low and life-threatening blood pressure.

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Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease

Infections are caused by viruses, bacteria, mold and other organisms and lead to conditions like flu, chicken pox, pneumonia, sore throat, rashes, malaria and other ills. An infection occurs when these germs attack the body, causi...

ng it to respond with antibodies and white blood cells to defend itself. Preventing infectious disease involves eating a healthy diet, getting proper exercise to keep the body strong, and keeping clean by washing hands regularly.
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