Some primary symptoms associated with septic shock are skin discoloration or rash, rapid heart beat, confusion, lethargy, chills and shortness of breathe, according to the National Institutes of Health's MedlinePlus. Other symptoms may include lower blood pressure when upright, dizziness, little or lack of urination and restlessness. People with health conditions, such as lymphoma, leukemia, immune system weakening diseases and diabetes are at the greatest risk of experiencing septic shock.
Septic shock is a dangerous health problem that is caused when there is an infection throughout the entire body that ultimately results in extremely low blood pressure. The primary cause of septic shock is bacteria while viruses and fungi can also cause septic shock, but rarely do. Septic shock can result in permanent organ damage and death if not treated immediately, according to MedlinePlus.