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Dr. Bonnie Bock Dr. Bock
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
43 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Is a fever always present with toxic shock syndrome?

Is a fever always present with toxic shock syndrome?

Most of the time: Toxic shock syndrome by defintion causes fever, but some patients, often elderly or extremely ill, can be so sick that their temperature is subnormal or normal.

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and 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


Dr. Rashed Hasan Dr. Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
30 years in practice
King Saud University College of Medicine
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Hello I'm Daniela, do you know anything about toxic shock syndrome? I have some symptoms but no fever. And im feeling a little better than yesterday.

Hello I'm Daniela, do you know anything about toxic shock syndrome? I have some symptoms but no fever. And im feeling a little better than yesterday.

TSS: Toxic shock syndrome is a very serious disease and most patients end up in the intensive care unit with multiple organ dysfunction/failure. When the person gets the disease it is progressive and does not get better without proper therapy. Fever, generalized malaise, dizziness (from low BP) and an erythroderma (skin rash) are initial symptoms and signs.

Dr. Mary Engrav Dr. Engrav
Emergency Medicine
27 years in practice
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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

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.

Dr. Jeffrey Levine Dr. Levine
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Can I wear a tampon if I have a virus? Online it said that Toxic Shock Syndrome is associated w/ the flu& viral infections but that's all I could find

Yes you can: Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is related to prolonged insertion of a tampon (>24hrs). It is okay to use tampons while you have the flu or a virus, provide you change the tampon as directed.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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 >

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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How common is tss (toxic shock syndrome)?

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.

Dr. Carlo Hatem Dr. Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
21 years in practice
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Mohammad Ashori Dr. Ashori
Family Medicine
12 years in practice
University of California - David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
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I have possible toxic shock syndrome help?

I have possible toxic shock syndrome help?

More detail please: Sure, we're happy to help you with this. Could you provide us more information? Toxic shock syndrome generally it is quite dangerous and life-threatening and most people with such a condition often have high fevers severe fatigue and sweating.

Dr. Rashed Hasan Dr. Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
30 years in practice
King Saud University College of Medicine
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Why is toxic shock syndrome less common now?

Toxic shock: It is probably related to better knowledge and education of the public about the subject

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Dr. Emad Tadros Dr. Tadros
Psychiatry
34 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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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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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer Dr. Pfeifer
Surgery - Trauma
36 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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How do I know if I have tss/ 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.

Dr. Joseph Pfeifer Dr. Pfeifer
Surgery - Trauma
36 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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How do I know if I have toxic shock syndrome (tss)?

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.

Dr. Joseph Pfeifer Dr. Pfeifer
Surgery - Trauma
36 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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How do I know if I have toxic shock syndrome (tss)?

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.

Dr. Joseph Pfeifer Dr. Pfeifer
Surgery - Trauma
36 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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How to determine if I got toxic shock syndrome (tss)?

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.

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Dr. Michael Taylor Dr. Taylor
Critical Care
18 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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What symptoms would you have with toxic shock syndrome?

Severe sepsis: Signs/symptoms of toxic shock include: fever (> 38.9 c/102 f), diffuse rash, low blood pressure, vomiting and/or diarrhea, muscle pain, kidney failure, jaundice, and confusion/disorientation. Toxic shock is a very serious problem and requires immediate medical attention.

Dr. Joseph Pfeifer Dr. Pfeifer
Surgery - Trauma
36 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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How to know if I am suffering from 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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is my risk of getting toxic shock syndrome (tss) risk?

That depends: That depends on if you have risk factors or not. 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 Staphylococcus aureus or group A streptococcus.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: Toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic Shock syndrome: Can be a fatal complication from toxins produced by bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus or Group A streptococcus.

Dr. Rashed Hasan Dr. Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
30 years in practice
King Saud University College of Medicine
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What group has the greatest danger of contracting toxic shock syndrome?

What group has the greatest danger of contracting toxic shock syndrome?

TSS: Historically, adolescent girls who use tampons (particularly if left in place for an extended period of time) have been the group at highest risk. However, it can affect any individual

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Dr. Bonnie Bock Dr. Bock
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
43 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Can toxic shock syndrome be fatal?

Yes rarely: In the 1980's toxic shock syndrome (tss) was associated with tampons in women who had a strain of toxin- producing staph that caused blood pressure to drop (shock), & complications including kidney failure; it was fatal in patients who were severly ill. Tss occurs rarely with infection with this staph on the skin or after surgery. It is still fatal in some patients even with superb treatment.

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Definition)

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


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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