By Ana Theresa Williams,BSN,RN
Do you have an impaired immune system or immunocompromised condition? This condition includes AIDS, cancer, diabetes mellitus, transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs and those with an inherited disease that affect the immune system.
Family medicine specialist Dr. Lina Rabara said septicemia is an infection of the blood resulting from bacteria or any organisms that cause infection in the blood.
She said this is heralded with symptoms of high fever, chills and body weakness. “This happens when our immune system is working overtime and triggers infection,” the family medicine specialist said.
Works as the company physician of NCCC Mall, she said septicemia is a medical emergency illness. “In this case, one has to be treated immediately. The widespread infection may lead to organ damages and decrease blood flow. Thus, it leads to life threatening drop in blood pressure or we call it septic shock that leads to organ failure like the kidneys, lungs, brain, heart and liver.”
Septicemia is common to all ages and both sexes. This can be seen in any ages, to both male and female, Dr. Rabara noted.
“Any infection may actually trigger to septicemia and the most common who are affected are the immunocompromised individuals,” she said.
Although eating junk foods has nothing to do with septicemia, Dr. Rabara said being not disciplined on what we eat and have in our diet like less water intake may perhaps lead to decreased immune system or somehow can be easily infected.
“Let us be aware that sepsis or septicemia is a serious illness that one must not overlook or neglect. This is a medical emergency and life threatening illness; a common infection may lead to such. Although any age group can also be affected by sepsis, this is more common among the very young individuals, elderly groups, and with conditions or co-morbidities such as diabetes mellitus, cancer, among others.”
Hence, better have regular checkups or health appraisals from your doctors, getting the right vaccination to prevent early onset of diseases, healthy and proper diet and exercise, and good hygiene such as handwashing.
She said if one has an infection, even how little and common it may be, better seek immediate medical attention to prevent septicemia.