I’ve had sepsis before and nearly died, so naturally I’m anxious when I pick up symptoms of infections but also curious. I’m prone to UTIs and if I left one untreated, would it eventually lead to sepsis or might I just end up really ill with the infection? What factors lead to sepsis vs “just” a really bad infection?
No information I'm afraid but just wanted to let you know you're not alone. I've had sepsis twice now and so have terrible health anxiety about any infection or signs of infection. It is rubbish and I hope you get some reassurance.
No. Sepsis is when the infection causes a systemic response, usually by crossing into the bloodstream.
There's a few things that make it more likely you'll develop sepsis - things like if you're immunosuppressed and have no proper response to an infection, if you have an organ that perforates, if you have other illnesses like diabetes, if you're either very young or very old.
The best thing to do is to keep an eye on your symptoms. If you start seeing anything systemic (eg. rigors, sleepiness, feeling like you may die) it's A&E. The vast, vast majority of UTIs cause no wider problems, they're extremely common and often managed without antibiotics.
Well no, because unless you’re immuno suppressed the body can often overcome bacterial infections on its own. That said I wouldn’t want the medical profession, if they knew I had bacterial pneumonia say, to leave me and see if I got over it myself before giving the appropriate antibiotics.
I don’t have a UTI right now but I do have cellulitis and I was debating if I should really bother the doctor. I did and I’m on antibiotics and I’m just kicking myself. I am on immunosuppressive medication also but I find it hard to figure out what does abs doesn’t need medical attention.
I would think if your immunocompromised then any infection you have May need antibiotics and you should see a GP when you have one for clarification. You won't be wasting their time. Cellulitis is particularly nasty and I have no doubt that antibiotics is right for it
If you are taking immunosuppressants then no messing around - gp pronto.
I also take them and had a terrible experience with misdiagnosed celluitis and an inappropriate antibiotic dose (dont ask) i rapidly went downhill and narrowly avoided being admitted (touch and go at one point)