Septicaemia is a serious condition in which bacterial toxins enter the bloodstream from another part of the body such as the lungs, resulting in blood poisoning. If this infection is not treated in a prompt manner the individual will develop the life-threatening condition, sepsis.
Symptoms for septicaemia include;
- Rapid breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
- Red spots on the skin
Sepsis results in body-wide inflammation, as a result of untreated septicaemia. If this is not treated immediately individuals often die from septic shock, due to a decrease in blood pressure.
Blood cultures can be taken to confirm that Septicaemia is present. Treatment for Septicaemia can include antibiotics, oxygen and blood and fluid transfusions. Usually, if a patient has Septicaemia then a hospital stay is required.