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Sepsis (Blood Infection) (cont.)

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Sepsis?

When to Call the Doctor

A person should call the doctor if anyone has signs and symptoms of sepsis. If any of the following are true about the patient's medical history, they need to be especially vigilant regarding possible sepsis symptoms if the person

  • is being treated with cancer chemotherapy or radiation,
  • is taking immunosuppressive medications (for example after an organ transplant),
  • has diabetes,
  • has AIDS,
  • is very young or very old.

When to Go to the Hospital

  • Anyone suspected of having sepsis should go to a hospital.
  • If a child younger than 2 months of age has fever, lethargy, poor feeding, a change in normal behavior, or an unusual rash, call the doctor and proceed to the hospital.
  • If someone has confusion, dizziness, fast heartbeat, fast breathing, fever, chills, rash, or dizziness, call the doctor immediately or go to the hospital's emergency department.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/15/2016

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