Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. In other words, it’s your body’s immune system over-responding to an infection.
Your immune system usually works to fight any germs (bacteria, viruses, fungi), or to prevent infection. If an infection does occur, your immune system will try to fight it, although you may need help with medication such as antibiotics, antivirals or antifungals. However, for reasons we don’t fully understand, sometimes the immune system has an overwhelming response and starts to attack our organs and other tissues.
In the sepsis support links below you’ll find information on Post Sepsis Syndrome and returning to work, as well as advice to help you deal with financial worries during this time.