pixie_on_acid (pixie_on_acid) wrote in little_details,

How long until blood-poisoning (sepsis) symptoms might show

Terms searched: blood poisoning, blood poisoning onset of symptoms, blood poisoning timeline (and variations).

Setting: Medieval England

I want to know an approximate timeline from when a person obtains an injury (in this case a small cut) to the onset of noticeable symptoms (for example, fever). Hours? Days?

I keep getting lots of information about the various symptoms and how deadly it can be, but no timeline. The character is an otherwise healthy human male and while active, is not overexerting himself. Also, all information on treatment is modern and involves antibiotics. I know in a pre-modern medical era there was slim likelihood of survival, but what treatments might have had some efficacy? I acknowledge that recovery would be somewhat miraculous given the circumstances, but a 99% mortality rate still allows for 1% survival chance.

I've also spent time looking through the tags to this comm, but haven't really found anything addressing infection or the timelines surrounding it. Most of what I've found merely mentions it being a greater risk than blood-loss to many injuries.

Also, I haven't tagged this because I'm not sure what tag it would fall under.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries (misc), ~medicine: septic shock
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