What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?
Toxic shock syndrome also known as TSS is a grave but rare complication of an infection which is developed by a bacterium which is linked to the use of tampons especially the superabsorbent ones. It is also occasionally caused by sponges for contraception.
TSS is often the consequence of toxins which are created by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria or staph however the problem can also be created by toxins released by streptococcus bacteria from the group A or strep.
This syndrome most often happens in females who are menstruating but it may also affect children, males as well as postmenopausal females. Risk factors for TSS can also be wounds of the skin and surgery.
Symptoms and signs of Toxic Shock Syndrome occur suddenly and this disease can be deadly. There are steps to lessen the risk of TSS.
- Symptoms and signs of TSS can include:
- Blood pressure which is low
- Sudden fever which is high
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Aching muscles
- Eyes, throat, mouth are red
Your primary care physician should be called without delay if you develop the symptoms or signs of TSS. This is very important if you are in the middle of your period or have just ended your period and you have used tampons or have a wound or skin infection. You will need to inform your physician about what the symptoms are and when these symptoms started.
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