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Sepsis occurs when large numbers of infectious agents exist in the blood. Infections with viruses, fungi, and parasites may lead to sepsis as well. The body responds by trying to fight the infection. Causes include:
You will likely receive other medications, IV fluids, and oxygen.
If your blood pressure remains too low, you may need vasopressors—medications to help maintain your normal blood pressure.
and a respirator to help you breathe may be necessary in some cases.
Further treatment depends on how your body is responding. For example, you may need
if kidney failure occurs.
It is not always possible to prevent blood poisoning. Avoiding IV drug use decreases your chance of sepsis. Health care professionals must also take steps to stop the spread of these infections. Getting prompt medical care for infections can reduce your risk of sepsis.
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