poisoning (septicaemia), is a serious secondary infection that occurs when bacteria from an
infection in your body go out of control and travel in the bloodstream to other areas of
What to look for
While recovering from
surgery, an infection, or a wound, a person may suffer blood poisoning or septic shock.
Symptoms are described below
Red lines extending out
from a boil.
High fever and chills,
rapid breathing, headache, and nausea
Severe chills, low blood
pressure, loss of appetite, and possibly loss of consciousness are potential signs of
The invading bacteria must
be stopped or the patient will run the risk of developing septic shock which is
People who have just had
surgery are the most at risk of developing blood poisoning.
Blood poisoning occurs
because an infection has become uncontrolled and escaped from the original wound area and
entered the bloodstream. Fever and shock are brought on because of the bodys
bacteria (that caused the infection) and your bodys natural defences fighting it are
stopping the blood flow to your body cells. Septic shock is the next stage if the
infection is not helped.
Usually blood poisoning is
the result of infected incisions, wounds or burns etc however, it
can be created by other types of infections such as urinary
tract infections, pneumonia and boils.
If you suspect you have
this condition or if your doctor suspects this is the case you will be hospitalised and
given tests to confirm this.
Oral and intravenous
antibiotics are given to this type of patient to fight the infections. The patient needs
full medical attention during the critical period.
Natural remedies help aid
recovery and in the prevention of a recurrence. Full hospital and medical care is needed
if you suspect you have blood poisoning.
- Echinacea, Garlic - eat this for its antibacterial and antiviral
action, or take garlic capsules daily.Echinacea, Garlic - eat this for its antibacterial and antiviral
action, or take garlic capsules daily.
If you develop a boil place
a warm-water compress on it for 20 to 30 minutes three or four times daily until it
bursts; this may take up to a week. Apply compresses for three days or until the boil is
completely drained of pus.
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