BLOOD INFECTION, SEPTICEMIA (Blood Poisoning)
Category : Circulatory System
Septicemia is a blood infection characterized by the fast multiplication of bacteria and the presence of toxins, which is why it is also called blood poisoning.
- Fast breathing and loss of consciousness.
- Skin rash.
- Hot hands.
When there is a high amount of toxins produced by bacteria in the blood, a septic shock may occur. Septic shock is a highly dangerous condition in which body tissues are damaged.
There is also decrease in blood pressure and an excess of toxins in the body which damage cells and tissues. This causes the obstruction of the small veins in the body, interfering with normal circulation of the blood and principally affecting the kidney, heart and lung tissues.
Causes: When bacteria (point of infection), in any part of the body such as an abscess, pneumonia or an intestinal infection escape into the blood stream. This disease may be contracted especially when the person has a weak immune system.
The first thing to do is: see a physician immediately and follow his instructions. It is necessary to remove the point of infection for this; surgery is sometimes required after having fought the infection.