Common Signs and Symptoms that are Indicative of Bacteremia
The presence of bacteria in the blood may be manifested by early signs and symptoms like a high fever (generally over 38 °C), which has a sudden occurrence and without any apparent cause. The fever would be followed by chills, and the patient could feel his heartbeat going faster than normal. Breathing may get faster, and may be accompanied by a nauseous feeling or vomiting. The symptoms may worsen with time and the patient may not only appear sick but he may feel it, as well. Other symptoms which might accompany these, may include abdominal pain, unusual anxiety, diarrhea, and confusion.
The significance of all these bacteremia symptoms is the fact that they surface only when the condition has been triggered by something major. Because, it has been found in most cases that, when the condition is caused by a mild condition, there are usually no symptoms. So if you have the slightest of hint of any such symptoms, then it is wise to report your condition to a doctor.
What Causes it and How is it Treated?
The factor which causes bacteremia is anything that gives access to the bacteria, normally found on the skin, to make it to the bloodstream. So one of the most common of these factors is the use of catheters or permanent IV line. Apart from these, the other causes include certain medical conditions:
- Dental tooth brushing
- Herpes infection
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) (more cases in women)
- Certain cancer
- Certain types of surgical procedures
The importance of knowing about the main symptoms of bacteremia is that treatment can be started at the earliest. This is one of those conditions for which, the sooner the treatment begins, the brighter are the chances of a complete recovery, without any complication. It's a must to know that, bacteremia is a condition which if ignored or left untreated, can give rise to fatal situations for the sufferer.