Home » Your Health » The Signs, Symptoms, and Causes of Sepsis

The Signs, Symptoms, and Causes of Sepsis


Sepsis is a general term to used to characterize an immune system response to an infection. This means that a viral, fungal, or bacterial infection of the lungs (pneumonia), kidneys, bloodstream (bacteriemia), or abdomen can lead to sepsis. This potentially life-threatening condition is considered a medical emergency.

Here are the three stages of sepsis as well as the accompanying symptoms at each stage…

1. What is Sepsis?

We’ve already established that sepsis is a type of immune response to infection, which can result from bacteria, fungal, or viral sources. However, doctors view sepsis as a type of infection that occurs in three stages.

Sepsis is the mildest stage of the infection. Progression to severe sepsis occurs in the second stage. And, finally, septic shock occurs in the final stage. The best scenario is to treat sepsis during the first, mildest stage.

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat
  • Symptoms and Causes of Mesothelioma
    You might not have ever heard of mesothelioma, but you've most definitely heard of cancer.
    Your Health
  • Most Common Causes and Risk Factors of Spinal Stenosis
    It typically only happens in older adults over the age of 50, and just like it sounds, spinal stenosis affects our spine which is what supports our posture and stability.
    Your Health
  • Mesothelioma: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment
    Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects tens of thousands of people every year. Like most cancers, there is no known cure, but plenty of treatment options available to keep...
    Your Health
  • Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
    Kidney cancer is also referred to as renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and according to Healthline, it's one of the top 10 most common cancers in men and women.
    Your Health
  • Alarming Triggers for Alzheimer's Disease
    Although medical researchers are unable to pinpoint the exact cause of Alzheimer’s, many studies link exposure to certain chemicals, medications, and even emotions to heightening...
    Your Health
  • Common Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic fibrosis is a serious genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system.
    Your Health
  • Home Remedies Every Parent Should Know
    From mouthwash on blisters to soaking in an oatmeal bath for the dreaded chicken pox these remedies aren't a 100-percent cure for any illness, but they can help relieve a lot of...
    Your Health
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Quinoa
    Quinoa is a grain crop that is known for its edible seeds. While it's become quite trendy as of lately, quinoa has actually been around for a long, long time.
    Your Health
  • Warning Signs That Your Child May Have Lice
    Lice are the bane of many parents’ existence. Even just the word lice gives us the creepy crawlies!
    Your Health
  • Natural Fever Relievers
    Fevers – they can come out of nowhere, during any season, and can hit kids especially hard (kids tend to spike higher temperatures than adults).
    Your Health
  • Facts About Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
    While excessive drinking can often lead to fatty deposits in the liver over time (and eventually to liver disease), there are other reasons a patient may end up with a fatty liver.
    Your Health
  • Ways You Could Be Prolonging Your Cold
    Regardless of whether or not you're sniffling from a common cold or battling full blown fever and a sore throated-influenza, you should be making time for rest and...
    Your Health
  • Foods to Help You Sleep Through the Night
    Getting a good night's sleep is a difficult task for many adults. Some people have a hard time falling asleep, while others have a hard time staying asleep.
    Your Health
  • Common Symptoms of Crohn's Disease
    Crohn's disease is a painful inflammatory condition that affects between 400,000 and 600,000 individuals in North America alone.
    Your Health
  • Brain Powering Superfoods
    We all know that some foods are healthier than others and can benefit our overall health with their various vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, but there are also foods out there...
    Your Health