Sepsis is a rare, but potentially life-threatening condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to an infection that gets into the blood. Bacterial infections are the most common trigger of sepsis. Early treatment tends to lessen the potential for complications and fatal consequences.
A typical sign of sepsis is a change in body temperature. A person who develops sepsis may either have a fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit or low body temperature that falls under 96.8 degrees. Chills and shivering are common. These body temperature changes might be mistaken for a different condition. The infection that led to sepsis is likely the cause of the fever.
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