2. Abnormal Heart Rate
In advanced cases, blood infection can impact the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the major organs, including the heart. As a result your heart rate, or pulse, may increase or decrease without reason (meaning without cause such as following periods of exertion).
3. Urination Issues
Many times, an advanced blood infection will also impact the kidneys, resulting in reduced urination or urge to urinate, particularly in elderly individuals with existing incontinence issues.
Agitation on its own is not necessarily a sign of a blood infection. However, in combination with other symptoms, it can be a sign if it comes on suddenly, increases, and lasts for more than a few days.
5. Impaired Focus
If sepsis occurs, your mental state can become affected. Sepsis is basically the immune system’s response to infection, where chemicals are released into the blood to prevent further infection, which can impair blood flow and deprive the brain of nutrients and oxygen.
You may become dizzy, confused, disoriented, and unable to focus your thoughts when you have sepsis due to the body reacting to the infection, especially if the infection is left untreated and the blood pressure plummets.
7. Nausea and Vomiting
Sepsis can originate in various parts of the body, making nausea (and eventually vomiting) one of the first signs that infection is present.