Toxic shock syndrome


Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, fatal complication of certain types of bacterial infections, associated primarily with the use of superabsorbent tampons; having cuts or burns on your skin; recent surgery; contraceptive sponges, diaphragms or superabsorbent tampons; viral infection, such as the flu or chickenpox.

Some following tips can help you to reduce risks of having toxic shock syndrome, such as:

  • Change tampons frequently, at least every four to eight hours.
  • Use mini pads when your flow is light.
  • Do not use tampons if you’ve had toxic shock syndrome or a prior serious staph or strep infection,

This condition can be caused by the toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria or group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria.

Toxic shock syndrome can affect anyone: men, children and postmenopausal women, characterized by following signs and syndromes:

  • A sudden high fever;
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension);
  • Vomiting or diarrhea;
  • A rash resembling a sunburn, particularly on your palms and soles;
  • Confusion;
  • Muscle aches;
  • Redness of your eyes, mouth and throat;
  • Seizures;
  • Headaches;

Call your doctor immediately if you have signs or symptoms of toxic shock syndrome especially when you’ve recently used tampons or if you have a skin or wound infection.

To diagnose toxic shock syndrome:

  • Blood and urine samples can help your health care provider to test for the presence of a staph or strep infection. Your vagina, cervix and throat may be swabbed for samples for laboratory analysis.
  • CT scan, lumbar puncture or chest X-ray, to assess the extent of your illnesses in other organs.

Hospitalization is important if you develop toxic shock syndrome.

In hospital, you will:

  • Be treated with antibiotics.
  • Be indicated to receive medication for hypotension and fluids to treat dehydration.
  • Receive supportive care to treat other signs and symptoms.
  • Surgery: to remove nonliving tissue (debridement) from the site of infection or to drain the infection.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnose or treatment.

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