Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when an infecting agent -- such as bacteria, virus, or fungus -- gets into a person's bloodstream. The infection activates the entire immune system, which then sets off a chain reaction of events that can lead to uncontrolled inflammation in the body. This whole-body response to infection produces changes in temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, white blood cell count, and breathing. More severe forms of sepsis can also cause organ dysfunction or shock. Sepsis requires immediate medical care. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how sepsis is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
WebMD takes you through the steps for emergency treatment of shock.
Sepsis or Septicemia (Blood Infection)
WebMD explains sepsis, a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death.
Poisoning-Preparing For Your Appointment
A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Poisoning.
A blood culture is a test to detect infection in the blood. A blood culture can detect and identify bacteria or fungi in the blood.