Serious Signs and Symptoms

This is a list of symptoms that suggests you have a serious infection that is spreading in your body and you should seek urgent medical care. 

If you have ANY of the following symptoms, you should seek medical care.

You may need medicine such as an antibiotic to treat an infection. The sooner it is treated the better it is for your health.

Signs and Symptoms


  • Chills
  • Shivering
  • Shaking
  • Fevers (100.4 degrees F or higher)

This could be a sign of infection-causing low blood pressure.

Chest Pain
Pain, pressure, tightness, or a squeezing sensation in your chest could be due to a serious complication to your heart and you should seek immediate medical care.

Fast Heart Rate (Racing Heart)

  • A normal pulse is usually between 50-100 heart beats per minute
  • A slow or fast heart rate could be a sign of an infection
  • Feeling of heart racing or skill beats

You can check your heart rate by putting 1 finger on your pulse in the wrist with enough pressure to feel each beat. Count each beat for an entire 60 seconds to record the total beats per minute.

Difficulty Breathing
If you feel like you can’t catch your breath doing small tasks, this could be a sign that you have an infection in your lungs or your heart.

Other Symptoms

  • Stroke symptoms (weakness in one part of your body)
  • Leg swelling
  • Trouble laying flat
  • Rashes
  • Marks on nails
  • Sweating
  • Tiredness
  • Swollen/painful lumps (lymph nodes) around your body