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Complications of Infection

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What are complications of infection?

Complications can happen if an infection is not diagnosed and treated early. Some infections may have complications even when they are treated early. The infection can spread from one place in your body to the entire body through your bloodstream. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent complications such as bacteremia, sepsis, and septic shock. These are serious, life-threatening conditions that need immediate treatment.

What types of complications can happen?

What increases my risk for complications of infection?

What are the signs and symptoms that an infection has become worse?

How are complications of infection diagnosed?

How are complications of infection treated?

You may need any of the following, depending on how severe the complications are:

What can I do to prevent an infection?

The following can help prevent an infection, or keep an infection from getting worse:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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