What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis?

Because it can begin in different parts of your body, sepsis can have many different symptoms. The early warning signs and symptoms of sepsis include:

S-Shortness of breath

E-Extreme tiredness/fatigue

P-Pale Skin


I-Intense pain/discomfort

S-Shaking, chills or fever

Additional signs and symptoms can include:

  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fast heart rate
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Diarrhea
  • Mental/cognitive changes – such as fogginess, confusion, disorientation or delirium
  • Severe breathlessness (difficulty breathing) or fast breathing
  • Less urine production than normal – for example, not urinating for a day
  • Whole body: chills, fatigue, fever, flushing, low body temperature, or shivering
  • Also possible: organ dysfunction, skin discoloration, or sleepiness

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Livingston, NJ 07039
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