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How does you contract toxic shock syndrome?

How does you contract toxic shock syndrome?

Tampons: Tampons are the usual culprit in toxic shock. They can get contaminated during insertion, they can scratch the skin, opening the door for bacteria to get in. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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What is toxic shock syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Symptoms of toxic shock syndrome?

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/. ...Read more

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Can men get toxic shock syndrome?

Can men get toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic Shock syndrome: Yes, the initial inciting factor may be different, but the clinical presentation and the course of the disease is the same. Often it is triggered by a focus of infection somewhere in the body and then the infection spread into the blood stream and the bacteria produces toxins that cause the clinical picture ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is toxic shock syndrome less common now?

Is toxic shock syndrome less common now?

TSS: Toxic shock Syndrome associated with use of superabsorbent tampons is likely less common now because women are educated about this. But there are other possible causes. Toxic Shock Syndrome can occur with use of superabsorbent tampons/ contraceptive sponges, viral infections, burns/ abrasions to skin or recent surgery. Toxic Shock Syndrome is most often associated with bacteria like > ...Read more

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How common is tss (toxic shock syndrome)?

Toxic shock syndrome: Still occurs but it has become quite uncommon. I have seen 2 cases in the past 10 years. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of toxic shock syndrome?

Very sick: 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. ...Read more

Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Definition)

Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, but serious disease due to a bacterial infection. It is often linked to the use of tampons and various female contraceptives such as the diaphragm. Symptoms often include fever, feeling faint, diarrhea, muscle ...Read more