‘Little-known’ sepsis symptom as spotting warning sign on the toilet could be crucial

A warning sign of sepsis can be spotted when going to the toilet as a Conservative MP has revealed his struggle with the deadly disease.

Sepsis is a rare but serious condition that happens when the body’s immune system overreacts to an infection and attacks its own tissues and organs. The condition, which kills 50,000 Brits every year, strikes when the immune system overreacts to an infection and starts to damage the body’s own tissues and organs, according to the NHS.

Sepsis can be life-threatening in healthy people but is especially dangerous for those who are undergoing treatment that targets the immune system – such as chemotherapy.

The most common signs of sepsis include dizziness and extreme confusion but there are also lesser-known signs of the condition as well. When the disease is caused by infection in the colon or gut, it can cause moderate-to-severe diarrhoea.

Another tell-tale symptom that strikes in the morning is struggling to stand up or feeling light-headed, which can crop up when you’re getting dressed. Septic shock is the most severe stage of sepsis – and the last – and occurs when inflammation throughout the body causes dangerously low blood pressure and organ failure, according to Cleveland Clinic.

Tory MP Craig Mackinlay shared he had to have both his hands and feet amputated after he was diagnoses with sepsis, reports the Mirror. The politician is currently preparing to return to parliament after saying he feels “lucky to be alive” following the ordeal.

Craig told of the horror he felt after waking from an induced coma to find his limbs had turned completely black as doctors were forced to amputate to save his life. Now, the 57-year-old is aiming to be known as the first “bionic MP” after being given prosthetic legs and hands.

The MP began to feel unwell in September last year and went to his bed early. His pharmacist wife Kati was concerned the morning after when she noticed his arms felt cold and she couldn’t notice a pulse. He was rushed to hospital where within half an hour he turned “a very strange blue”.


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