Sepsis can be caused by any type of infection: bacterial, viral, fungal, or even parasitic. Many infections can be prevented simply by good and consistent hygiene. Others can be prevented through the use of vaccinations.
Vaccinations, also known as immunizations, can help make you immune to viruses, such as the chicken pox, which can lead to sepsis.
Care for open wounds
Cuts, scrapes, or breaks in the skin can allow harmful bacteria to enter your body. For this reason, it’s essential to:
Clean open wounds as quickly as possibleand keep them clean.
Monitor wounds for signs of an infection:such as redness around the wound, skinaround the wound iswarm to touch, increased painand/or discharge from wound.
Consult a doctor if there are signsof infection.
If prescribed, take your antibiotics correctly
Carefully follow the directions for use
Take them on time
Finish the full course, even if youfeel better sooner
Store the antibiotics as directed
Wash your hands
using running water. Lather your hands well, rub between each finger and under your nails, and dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel. You can also use waterless cleansers if soap and water are not available. Make sure to wash your hands:
Before eating or handling food
After using the bathroom
After blowing your nose or coughing
After touching pets or other animals
After being outside the home, such going toschool or shopping