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The term "blood poisoning" can be misleading, as the condition has nothing to do with actual poison. Instead, the name describes a common condition where bacteria are present in the bloodstream. Medically, blood poisoning can advance to sepsis, which can result in death. To prevent fatality, doctors must diagnose and treat sepsis quickly. In most cases, the initial infection starts in another part of the body and travels to the bloodstream. Blood poisoning may develop due to an insect bite, urinary tract infection, dental extraction, open wound, or pneumonia.

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1. Chills

You may begin to experience chills after blood poisoning. Bacteria are tricking your body into thinking you are cold and need to warm up. This triggers shivering as your body attempts to generate heat and raise your body temperature. Your muscles are also contracting and releasing when your body is in this state.

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