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Symptoms of sepsis can be hard to spot. They include blue, pale or blotchy skin, difficulty breathing and a rash that does not fade when you press it.

Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to an infection. If you or someone else has symptoms of sepsis, call 999 or go to A&E.

Sepsis happens when your body overreacts to an infection. Some people are more likely to get it, such as babies under 1 and adults over 75.

To help prevent infections that can lead to sepsis, keep up to date with vaccines, clean wounds and wash your hands regularly.

Sepsis needs treatment in hospital straight away. You should get antibiotics and you may need other tests or treatments depending on your symptoms.

Most people fully recover from sepsis. You may have long-term symptoms like feeling tired and weak, changes in your mood and getting ill more often.

Page last reviewed: 05/09/2022
Next review due: 05/09/2025