Sepsis or septic shock is an extremely serious condition that results from a bacterial infection, often the result of pneumonia or another illness. When we hear of people dying of pneumonia, in many cases, it is actually due to the septic shock that accompanies the condition.
Sepsis sends the entire body in a state of shock that can be fatal about 40% to 50% of the time. If treated effectively in its early stages, the chances of survival are more likely. The severity of the condition is expressed in the sudden and extreme onset of its symptoms, including shortness of breath, a dramatic increase in heart rate, lowered blood pressure and feeling of mental confusion.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see medical care immediately. Quick intervention increases the likelihood of survival. Older and younger people tend to be more vulnerable to sepsis.
1. Darkened and Reduced Urine
When you experience septic shock as the result of an infection, your kidneys may be the first target. The kidneys are vulnerable to any changes in blood flow, and as your blood pressure drops suddenly, the kidneys will try to retain urine and will not allow the urine to be released.
This results in a very small amount of urination or a complete cessation. If there is urine, it will be a very darkened color. This can also be a sign of dehydration that may be the result of fever and sweating which can drain liquids from the body.
The urine may also be darker because of leaking blood vessels which may color the urine. Problems with urination are one of the earliest signs of septic shock. You shouldn’t conclude the worst from urine that is merely a bit darker than usual, but be alert if there are extreme changes.