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Straight Talk About Toxic Shock Syndrome

What is toxic shock syndrome (TSS)?
TSS is a rare bacteria caused illness occurring mostly in menstruating women who use high absorbency tampons. TSS is caused by a type of staph bacteria. Superabsorbant tampons pose a risk because they enhance bacterial growth.

What are the symptoms?
Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, a sunburn-like rash, dizziness, , muscle aches and drops in blood pressure, which may cause fainting. The infection can cause shock, kidney and liver failure. These symptoms require prompt medical evaluation.

How is it treated?
Hospitalization is recommended. Intravenous fluids and antibiotics will be administered.

Can it be prevented?
Limit use of tampons and change them every two hours – never wear tampons overnight. If you have ever been diagnosed with TSS, you should not use tampons.

What should I do if I suspect TSS?
At the first sign of a fever or rash, remove tampon immediately as this may help prevent your symptoms from worsening. Seek medical care immediately.


(McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Toxic Shock Syndrome and Tampons")
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