Don’t ignore that infection. If left untreated, it could lead to sepsis, which Bindu Finnell, MD, hospitalist at Saint Francis Medical Center, defines as “an infection all over your body.” This toxic, life-threatening infection causes inflammation and a host of other symptoms: high fever or severely low body temperatures, rapid pulse, rapid breathing and decreased urination.
“Sepsis is a killer; this is something you can die from,” says Finnell. “It can affect your entire system. People need to take it seriously. If we can take care of it early enough, we can get you back to work and back to your family.”
The elderly, infants and other people with suppressed immune systems have a higher risk of developing sepsis.