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Sepsis - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Sepsis?

Although sepsis is a specific condition, but this disease follows on from a blood infection known as septicemia. This is the reason both these terms ‘sepsis’ and ‘septicemia’ are often used together.When our blood gets infected with the bacteria “bacteremia” people develop this life threatening disease.Sepsis is a cascade of worsening conditions. This disease is possible with anyone who is suffering from an infection that can develop a complication. However, people who have a weak immune system, chronic illnesses like AIDS, cancer, diabetes, liver and kidney disease have greater chances of getting infected with this disease.Sepsis can also develop because of severe burns and complicated wounds.

What Experts Says?

Experts are of the opinion that more people have invasive procedures or organ transplants or take immunosuppressant drugs the more they have the chances of getting infected with this disease.Physical examination of the patient is the only way to determine this disease. Generally a fever, pyrexia or hypothermia is associated with this illness. Also, people who have sepsis can have a heart rate more than 90-100 beats per minute, which is medically known as tachycardia. Along with it breathing rate over 20 per minute or low blood tension of carbon dioxide, is also found in patients with sepsis.Also, patients suffering from this disease have either low or high white blood cell count, which are known as leukopenia and leukocytosis respectively. Organ dysfunction is often associated with severe sepsis. People suffering from this disease often have insufficient blood flow in one or more organs in their body. There may also be abnormal blood clotting in patients suffering from this illness.

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Severe sepsis is a very critical condition that has a mortality rate of around 40 percent. Severe sepsis that is not responding to intravenous fluid therapy is termed as sepsis shock. Patients suffering from sepsis shock have persistent low blood pressure along with extremely low blood perfusion of the organs and tissues.

Sepsis shock is considered as an immediately life threatening condition that has a mortality rate of more than 80 percent.For diagnosis of sepsis, generally several blood tests are carried out for identifying the poisonous agent responsible for this infection in the blood. Other body fluid like sputum are also tested in certain cases. Sometimes, in addition, imaging tests are also done to locate the site of the infection. Pain and tenderness in certain areas of the patient’s body which the doctor can only determine after a thorough examination may also find what type of infection has signaled the onset of sepsis.

As this is a bacterial infection in the blood, doctors normally use several kinds of antibiotics to treat sepsis.

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Difficulty in breathing and very low breathing rate. Very high fever along with high rate in heartbeat. Mental confusion and bewilderment which can lead to coma.

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Insect Bite And Stings - Homeopathic Medicines for it!

Homeopath, Pune
Insect Bite And Stings - Homeopathic Medicines for it!

Insect bites and stings ( bee, wasp, fire ant, mosquitoes, snakes ) can be painfully annoying. The stings are often accompanied by redness, swelling, pain and inflammation. Some of the stings and bites, if not treated timely, can prove to be fatal. The goodness of homeopathy is known to all.

There are excellent homeopathic medicines available for insect stings and bites:

  1. Formica rufa: Stings from fire ants can be an awful experience. There is blistering and the affected area appears reddish. The sting results in an excruciating stinging pain. There is uncontrollable itching at the affected site. However, the sting does not result in much swelling. Formica Rufa is an effective homeopathic medicine to treat such stings.
  2. Apis mellifica: Sometimes, insect bites or stings result in immediate swelling and inflammation at the site of the sting. The unbearable stinging pain is followed by itching. There is a burning sensation and the affected area appears red and hot. In extreme cases, there is considerable swelling of the throat and the mouth (the mucous membrane swells). Apis Mellifica is a powerful medicine providing immense relief. Since the sting site feels hot, a cold compression can be a good option.
  3. Staphysagria: Do not lose sleep over mosquitoes and mosquito bites. Staphysagria is an excellent homeopathic option to deal with mosquito bites. The medicine serves dual purpose. It can be effectively used before (Prophylactic) as well as after the bite. Caladium Seguinum can also be used to treat mosquito and fly bites. 
  4. Ledum and lachesis: Ledum is the best homeopathic remedy against poisonous animal bites. When it comes to snake bites, nothing can be more helpful than Ledum. The area affected by the bite turns slightly bluish. The area feels cold and there is a pricking pain and inflammation. Sepsis from animal bite can also be prevented by Ledum.

Lachesis is equally helpful against snake bites and other poisonous insect bites. This medicine is recommended in case the injury site appears bluish purple. There may be a haemorrhage, with the blood appearing few shades darker (almost black in some cases).

Though Ledum and Lachesis provide great relief, getting medical assistance is still very important:

  1. At times, an insect sting can leave a person traumatised. There may be a stinging pain with swelling and tingling. Aconitum Napellus is the best option to treat and deal with such situations.
  2. Urtica Urens is helpful against allergic reactions resulting from insect bites and some foodstuffs (shellfish).
  3. Histaminum is useful against insect bites and hay fever.
  4. Cantharis provides relief from stings and bites resulting in inflammation and redness.

Most of the Homeopathic medicines provide almost instant relief from insect bites and stings. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a homeopath and ask a free question.

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Popular Questions & Answers

What are the probable reasons for occurrence of early onset of sepsis in newly born infants?

MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician, Coimbatore
Common causes 1. Amniotic fluid infection of the mother 2. Prolonged rupture of membranes prior to delivery 3. Delivery room environment 4. Infection in the mother common organism causing early onset sepsis in neonates is group b streptococcus which can be tested easily another common cause is pre maturity.
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So my girlfriend has umbilical sepsis and the doctor is requiring intensive surgery but she doesn't want to get surgery and always cancels the surgeons appointments is there any way I can give my consent and for her to be put under forced anesthesia because I don't know what to do.

MD-Gynaecologist & Obstetrician , MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
The patient has to give consent after the doctor has fully explained the operation, known complications etc. Nobody can force a patient for surgery. Post consult a surgeon who can explain properly.

I have just started my 7 months of pregnancy and my baby is suffering with sepsis he is 3 I am so much tensed at the moment and the pain as well as I got bad hemorrhoids which pains a lot I can not walk neither can stand for long and going for motion is hard as well please help.

Integrated Medicine Specialist, Pune
I am sure the sepsis of your son is being treated by a doctor. You have to protect yourself from sepsis by taking bath twice a day. Hemorrhoids are normal in pregnancy and you have to take liquid paraffin 30 to 60 ml every day to ease pain. Do not worry. Take it easy. Everything will be alright.
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My baby was born premature at 32 weeks and had sepsis. She is now 1.y months old. The OAE screen has come refer twice however the baby responds to sounds of rattles and music when she cries and we use rate she goes quite. Please suggest if she has hearing issues.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
THere is no hearing loss. But OAE refers to lsoo in certain frequency and repeat it later Pure-tone (PT) audiometry measures throughout the outer ear, middle ear, cochlea, cranial nerve (CN) VIII, and central auditory system. However, OAEs measure only the peripheral auditory system, which includes the outer ear, middle ear, and cochlea. The response only emanates from the cochlea, but the outer and middle ear must be able to transmit the emitted sound back to the recording microphone. OAE testing often is used as a screening tool to determine the presence or absence of cochlear function, although analysis can be performed for individual cochlear frequency regions. OAEs cannot be used to fully describe an individual's auditory thresholds, but they can help question or validate other threshold measures (eg, in suspected functional [feigned] hearing loss), or they can provide information about the site of the lesion. Using current technology, most researchers and clinicians find a correlation between frequency-specific analysis of TOAEs/DPOAEs and cochlear hearing loss. However, at this juncture, the correlation cannot fully describe auditory threshold. Naturally, a correlation would not be expected for noncochlear hearing loss.
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My father has been taking the tablet anxit 0.5 for about 10 years (as prescribed by local doctor long ago). Now, he hadn't taken this during his recent, 1 month after recovery from sepsis. Now he restarted this as he says it helps him from dizziness. Is this OK? Any side effects?

Advanced Aesthetics
Ayurveda, Gulbarga
This is sleeping pills its cause side effects once you consult and check up in your nearest hospital and later start. When it addictd your dad in this medicene anexit. Tab decrease the dose. Best once consult.
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