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ICD-10 code: A40

Chapter: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

Understanding Streptococcal Sepsis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Streptococcal sepsis is a severe and life-threatening bacterial infection caused by streptococcus bacteria. This type of sepsis is characterized by the spread of bacteria in the bloodstream, leading to inflammation throughout the body.

The streptococcus bacteria that cause sepsis can enter the body through a wound or cut, but they can also develop from an untreated strep throat or skin infection. In some cases, streptococcal sepsis can occur as a complication of surgery or as a result of a weakened immune system.

Symptoms of Streptococcal Sepsis
  1. High fever
  2. Chills
  3. Rapid heartbeat
  4. Low blood pressure
  5. Difficulty breathing
  6. Confusion
  7. Nausea and vomiting
  8. Rash or redness on the skin

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment can save your life.

Causes of Streptococcal Sepsis

Streptococcal sepsis is caused by the streptococcus bacteria, which can enter the body through a variety of means, including:

  • Wounds or cuts
  • Untreated strep throat
  • Skin infections
  • Complications from surgery
  • Weakened immune system

It's important to note that not everyone who is exposed to streptococcus bacteria will develop sepsis. Those who are most at risk include the elderly, infants, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

Treatment for Streptococcal Sepsis

If you are diagnosed with streptococcal sepsis, your doctor will likely admit you to the hospital for treatment. Treatment for sepsis typically involves:

  1. Antibiotics to kill the bacteria
  2. Intravenous fluids to maintain blood pressure
  3. Oxygen therapy to help with breathing
  4. Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
  5. Surgery to remove infected tissue, in severe cases

Streptococcal sepsis is a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention. If you experience any symptoms of sepsis,