Just as a recap from our previous blog. a UTI is also known as a Urinary Tract Infection and can be very uncomfortable! This is an infection that attacks your bladder and reproductive systems. There are two kinds of UTIs, Cystitis, and Urethritis.
Cystitis: is an inflammation of the bladder, which means the inner lining of your bladder becomes irritated, red or, swollen. Cystitis doesn’t always come from an infection. It could come from certain medicines or hygiene products. Cystitis can affect anyone, but it occurs most often in women.
Urethritis: is inflammation of a person’s urethra. A urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of your body. Pain, when you urinate, is the main symptom of Urethritis. This is commonly due to infection by certain bacterias. not to worry it is usually easy to cure with antibiotics.
If left untreated both of these illnesses can lead to more severe ailments such as kidney infections which in return can cause sepsis which is life-threatening. We will be dedicating this webpage on sepsis itself and what it actually is and how dangerous it can get.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is something that is very life-threatening to the human body. It is caused by your body’s response to an infection usually a UTI. Your immune system protects you from many illnesses but in the case of Sepsis, it goes into overdrive and responses to the infection sporadically causing danger. It is developed when the chemicals of the immune system are released in the bloodstream to fight the infection but it causes inflammation throughout the entire body instead.
If it gets severe enough it can cause something that is called “Septic shock” which is considered a medical emergency. We’ll talk more about it later. There are around 1 million cases of Sepsis each year (wow!) and it kills more than 250,000 of those cases. As you can see the mortality rate is kind of high. About a 25% death rate. Just as an example lung cancer has an 82% death rate, while breast cancer has a 10% death rate.
The most common sources of Sepsis, are infections in the urinary tract and in the lungs. Which is why UTI should be treated more seriously than they are. Typically 50% of sepsis cases start in the Urinary tract. while the other 50% start from various ours combined.
History of Sepsis
We’ve mentioned the father of medicine Hippocrates before in one of our previous blog posts so it’s no surprise that he was the one who discovered Sepsis, although he originally called it Sipsi which means “rotten” in greek. It wasn’t until the 19th century that sepsis became mainstream, and was actually used in war propaganda.
Neonatal sepsis is when a newborn baby gets sepsis. Believe it or not, babies are extremely vulnerable to Sepsis. A baby can get a blood infection within the first month of life. usually, babies that are born with a low birth weight or babies who are born prematurely are most susceptible to getting Neonatal sepsis. It is sad to say that Neonatal Sepsis is the leading cause of infant death. Usually, with an early diagnosis, it is treatable and the baby will completely recover with no problems. Now that modern medicine is literally advancing every few months this threat has decreased significantly.
Septic shock is the final stage of Sepsis and is extremely fatal. It is a serious condition that occurs when severe sepsis leads to dangerously low blood pressure and abnormalities in the metabolism. When the primary infection caused by bacteria, causes organs to fail your body goes into shock and tries to fix itself. Which is where most people die if they have Sepsis. Septic shock is defined as sepsis-induced low blood pressure that continues despite getting all the needed treatment with fluids. Low blood pressure reduces tissue pressure, causing the tissue to go into shock.
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A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.
According to principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), urinary tract infections are commonly associated with an opportunistic accumulation of dampness and heat. Resolving the dysfunctional circulation of qi in the kidney and bladder, known as the lower energizer, is an essential process in restoring order. Removing the built-up heat via urination can assist in balancing the track while sustaining the detoxification process.