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Sepsis is a serious bodily reaction to an infection. The infection that triggers sepsis may be from a bacteria, virus, or fungus. Sepsis can result from an infection in any part of your body. Infections that commonly lead to sepsis include skin, lung, and urinary tract infections.
Sepsis is a medical emergency that must be treated right away in a hospital. In severe cases, it can lead to septic shock. Septic shock can weaken your heart and cause your blood pressure to drop. This can cause your central nervous system and your body's organs to stop working.
Other symptoms depend on the source of your infection.
This condition must be treated in a hospital. Based on the cause of your infection, you may be given an antibiotic, antiviral, or antifungal medicine.
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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