Symptoms of sepsis

Sepsis is caused by the way the body responds to germs, such as bacteria, getting into the body.

The infection may have started anywhere and may be only in one part of the body or it may be widespread.

Sepsis can occur following chest or water infections, problems in the abdomen like burst ulcers, or simple skin injuries like cuts and bites.

Often called a “silent killer” sepsis is a life threatening condition.

It leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognised early and treated promptly.

Signs of sepsis may include:
Slurred speech
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine (in a day)
Severe breathlessness
Cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin mottled
Feeling dizzy or faint
Confusion or disorientation
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of consciousness

Signs of sepsis in children under five may include:
A mottled, bluish or pale colour
Lethargic or difficult to wake
Abnormally cold to touch
Fast breathing
Rash that does not fade when pressed
Fit or convulsion
Medical advice is available by calling NHS 111 and for more information on sepsis visit:


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