Bacteria, viruses, and other germs are in the blood and don’t cause problems. Large numbers can cause the immune system to overreact. This can cause serious health problems such as organ failure.
Infections mainly start in the lungs, belly, or urinary tract.
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Hospital care will start right away. It will focus on the type of infection you have. If you start care right away, you have a better chance of becoming healthy.
- Antibiotics and fluids
- Draining the infection site
- Maintaining your heart, blood pressure, and oxygen supply
- Dialysis for your kidneys
- A ventilator to help you breathe
- Blood transfusions
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