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Sepsis is an intense reaction to an infection. It can cause deadly damage to the body and lead to a dangerously low blood pressure. You may have inflammation across large areas of your body. It can damage tissue and even go deep into your organs.
Infections that can lead to sepsis include:
It's important to care for yourself and try to avoid infections so that you don't get sepsis again.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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