Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis, also called systemic candidiasis, is the body’s exaggerated and overactive response to infection. Sepsis is an extremely life-threatening medical condition. Untreated sepsis can result in organ rupture, tissue necrosis, permanent organ damage, and death.

Is there a difference between sepsis and septic shock?

Sepsis is the body’s toxic reaction to disease. If it triggers organs to fail, it’s known as acute sepsis. When it’s accompanied by reduced blood pressure, it’s known as septic shock and carries the maximum risk of complications and death.

Is sepsis transferrable or contagious?

No, sepsis isn’t contagious. Diseases associated with sepsis may be contagious but not sepsis itself. For instance, chicken pox can spread between children and adults, however, if someone with chicken pox develops sepsis, this doesn’t mean someone else with chicken pox will also develop sepsis. This is because sepsis is the body’s reaction to disease, not an infection itself.

Do some people have a higher risk of contracting sepsis than others?

Some individuals may have have a higher risk of developing sepsis than others. However, it’s important to keep in mind that sepsis is triggered by an infection somewhere in your system. So people who have a higher chance of contracting infections are also at higher risk of developing sepsis. Should you follow infection prevention techniques; regular hand washing, vaccinations, and avoiding people who are sick, you’ll reduce the risk of sepsis.