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Can men get toxic shock syndrome?

Can men get toxic shock syndrome?

No: In most cases, patients born a male and not subjected to sex change operation do not have a vaginal canal were to insert a tampon. I do not believe I've heard of a rectal tampon induced tss, but after 23 years in practice, I've seen crazier things. ..

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Dr. William Walsh
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Is it possible for a man to get toxic shock syndrome?

Is it possible for a man to get toxic shock syndrome?

No: Tss is a severe, toxin induced infection in a woman's vaginal/genital area from tampon use.

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How does one get toxic shock syndrome?

How does one get toxic shock syndrome?

With difficulty: Toxic shock syndrome (tss) is a very rare type of infection caused by staphylococcus or streptococcus (toxic shock like syndrome) organisms. Most cases were reported in the 1980s and most were a result of infections arising from tampon use. Other causes are from skin infections. Most doctors will never see a case of tss. It is that rare.

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Could you get toxic shock syndrome from a pad?

Could you get toxic shock syndrome from a pad?

No: I believe tampon it is one of the most common causes for tss. I never heard of pad casuing tss. Thank you.

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How soon can someone get toxic shock syndrome?

How soon can someone get toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic shock dangers: This disease -Toxic Shock Syndrome- is known as a sudden, potentially fatal condition. It has been associated with retained tampons in young women, but can occur in other situations where you have bacteria producing toxin that causes disease. Staphylococcus aureus is classically associated, as are some Strep species. Any doubts/concerns need to be addressed immediately as this can be fatal.

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Is it possible for a baby to get toxic shock syndrome?

Yes!: Anyone with a focal or extensive staphylococcal infection (or less often with streptococcal infection) has a potential to develop toxic shock syndrome (tss). What makes certain individuals susceptible to develop tss is still elusive.

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How can you get toxic shock syndrome from tampons?

How can you get toxic shock syndrome from tampons?

A toxin from Staph: Toxic shock syndrome is usually caused by a bacterial toxin from the staphloccal bacteria that resides on skin and in the vaginal area. The use of tampons, especially extended tampons, allows the accumulation of the toxin and bacteria and the person becomes ill, sometines severly ill. The bacteria can be resistant to multiple antibiotics and special antibiotics must be used.

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Is it possible to get toxic shock syndrome from tampons?

Not exactly: The tampon is not the source of the staph. Toxic shock is due to an infection with a toxin or "poison " producing staph. If a woman has acquired this staph in her vagina, usually from an unknown source, the tampon may increase growth of the staph, which then causes the toxin effects to spread throughout the body.

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I forgot my tampon overnight. Had it in for a good 16 hours. How likely is it that I would get toxic shock syndrome?

I forgot my tampon overnight. Had it in for a good 16 hours. How likely is it that I would get toxic shock syndrome?

Not likely: Toxic shock symdrome is uncommon. Toxic shock syndrome can affect most organ systems in the body, including the skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, blood, and pancreas. All people with toxic shock syndrome have a fhigh ever and a rash, as well as symptoms in at least three other organ systems.

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What exactly happens when you get toxic shock syndrome? I know the symptoms but what is happening in your body? How do tampons cause it?

What exactly happens when you get toxic shock syndrome? I know the symptoms but what is happening in your body? How do tampons cause it?

Vascular collapse: Bacteria grow in the vagina around the tampon that has been left in place for a period of time. The "toxic" byproducts of that growth get into the bloodstream through the vagina and release pyrogens (fever agents) in turn those toxins act on the capillaries and arterial endotheliums (cell walls) to turn them into "sieves" causing extravasation of the blood contained in the vessels and "shock".

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Can you get toxic shock syndrome from fingering? (either self masturbation or mutual)

No: Toxic shock syndrome (tss) has usually been associated with: using superabsorbent tampons; wearing a diaphragm or contraceptive sponge; or having a staph or strep infection, especially if you have skin wounds or healing surgical incisions. Masturbation or normal sexual intercourse does not cause tss.

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Can you get toxic shock syndrome by wearing a tampon when you are not on your period?

Yes: Yes-epecially if you use super tampons and leave them in for long periods of time. I'm not sure why you want to wear a tampon if you don't have a period. If its for a discharge, consider a mini-pad or panty liner.

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Can you get toxic shock syndrome from the plastic from a tampon being left in your vagina? I have had a fever and chills, then extreme periods of sweating along with a lump behing my ear and one that is getting pretty big on my neck below it. These lumps

Toxic: Toxic shock syndrome was felt to be secondary to extremely-absorbable tampons, which became associated with staph and strep infections. Toxic shock syndrome has symptoms of high fever, rash, and often vomiting or diarrhea. If a patient had high fever, vomiting, and rash, then they should consult with their physician. The reasons for swelling behind the ears and in the neck may be a different cause of infection.

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Toxic shock syndrome: how do you get it, how common is it, what are the symptoms and how is it treated?

Bacterial infection: It is a rare syndrome. Causes includes superabsorbent tampons, skin infection and injury and surgery. It develops suddenly and can be fatal. Intravenous fluid, blood transfusion, Adrenalin like drugs, antibiotic.

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Can a person who has had sex already get a bacterial infection through sex casued by toxic shock syndrome.

See answer: Toxic shock syndrome can be caused when staph or group a strep get trapped in the vagina, like when using super-absorbent tampons, or cervical caps, sponges, or diaphragms. Always remove birth control methods when instructed. Use the lowest absorbent tampon for periods that works and change at least every 4 -6 hours.

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What is toxic shock syndrome?

TSS: High fever, vomiting, diarrhea, mental changes and rash, often on extremities and face. This progresses to shock and may be fatal, it is generally due to toxin production by either staph or strep. There were a series of cases associated with tampon use in the 1980's which rapidly tapered off with changes in the make-up of the vaginal inserts. Not a very common syndrome, but quite severe.

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Is toxic shock syndrome serious?

Very serious: Usually fever, very high >102, rigors (not just chills like the flu), low blood pressure, low urine output. It progresses rapidly and can be life-threatening. It can come from an infection in the vagina that gets into the pelvis or from a rapidly spreading skin or soft tissue infection, that is extremely painful-not just a bit painful. Seek attention immediately.

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Symptoms of toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic Shock: This is a very serious illness -- more information can be read here: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001676/.

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
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