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Are sepsis and toxic shock syndrome the same?

Are sepsis and toxic shock syndrome the same?

Not exactly: Toxic shock syndrome is one form of severe sepsis associated with staphyloccus superantigen; it goes beyond mere sepsis and septic shock in that the bacterial toxin results in direct injury rather than simply inciting the bodies immune system to go beyond the call of duty. Wikipedia's page: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/toxic_shock_syndrome is a reasonable lay description of tss. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (which carries oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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 ... ...Read more

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Will toxic shock syndrome delay your periods?

Will toxic shock syndrome delay your periods?

Might: In the recovery phase you might notice some irregularity but if this is a chronic problem, see your doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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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/. ...Read more

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Are pads a risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome? I only use pads (I know, :/ lame huh) on my period, but do they also pose a risk for TSS or only tampons?

Are pads a risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome? I only use pads (I know, :/ lame huh) on my period, but do they also pose a risk for TSS or only tampons?

Some thoughts...: Officially yes, but one can change tampons frequently, at least every four to six hours. Don't leave a tampon in overnight, and use only one tampon at a time. Also, makers of tampons sold in the U.S. no longer use the materials or designs that were associated with toxic shock syndrome years ago. The instructions on a box of tampons will have safety suggestions. Pads are not a cause of toxic shock. ...Read more

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How can toxic shock syndrome be prevented?

Avoid some tampons: Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome is a very serious/ lethal condition caused by a very potent toxin (tsst-1) produced by some strains of staphylococcus aureus. In women it is best prevented by avoiding high absorbable tampons. ...Read more

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Is toxic shock syndrome serious?

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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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. ...Read more

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Can long term MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) become toxic due to buildup in the body?? Neurological/cardiovascular effects?? I have Gilbert's disease..

Can long term MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) become toxic due to buildup in the body?? Neurological/cardiovascular effects?? I have Gilbert's disease..

No: miralax (polyethylene glycol) stays in the Gastrointestinal tract and doesnt get absorbed into the body, so their should be no neurologic affects. Even if you have Gilbert's disease, which affects the liver, the miralax (polyethylene glycol) doesnt go to the liver at all. It just draws water into the intestinal tract ...Read more

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What bacteria are commonly associated with toxic shock syndrome?

What bacteria are commonly associated with toxic shock syndrome?

See below: Tss is a group a streptococcal infection or staphylococcus aureus infection or colonization associated with the sudden onset of shock and organ failure. In streptococcal tss soft tissue infection is the most common portal of entry. ...Read more

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Would spray painting in a garage with little to no ventilation in a 3 month duration totaling 6-7 cans be enough to cause toxic encephalopathy?

Would spray painting in a garage with little to no ventilation in a 3 month duration totaling 6-7 cans be enough to cause toxic encephalopathy?

Probably not, but...: In reality, there is no answer... because there are too many variables. For example, spraying 6-7 cans in a 3-month period (91 days) could mean spraying 1/14 of a can each day for 91 days. A person could spray 1/14 of a can every day while not inhaling, and be just fine. As one can see, there is no meaningful answer without exact details. A patient should see his primary care doctor if worried. ...Read more

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I cleaned my hands with 91% rubbing alcohol to remove white-out stains, is this dangerous in terms of isopropyl poisoning?

I cleaned my hands with 91% rubbing alcohol to remove white-out stains, is this dangerous in terms of isopropyl poisoning?

No: You actually make a little of that stuff in your own metabolism. And alcoholics sometimes drink it, with only mild problems even after a good swig. It's all in the quantity. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can using dryer sheets for laundry harm baby (32 weeks pregnant)? Just read that they contain toxic chemicals and we use them for all of our laundry.

Can using dryer sheets for laundry harm baby (32 weeks pregnant)? Just read that they contain toxic chemicals and we use them for all of our laundry.

Not a significant Pb: The minimal exposure one has to these products makes any problem very unlikely.Of the chemicals listed as toxic, ethanol, has most likely evaporated before use, & the fragrances that have some toxicity are similar to those in other areas of your life.Work site, home, public gatherings. You can reduce the issue if you use anti static balls, or vinegar soaked pads. ...Read more

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I tend to sometimes get metal shavings from cans and i'm assuming i've ingested some is this safe? Or toxic?

Do not eat metal: This question is unclear. Why would a human 'get metal shavings' in any way to ingest them. This is not healthy and it is toxic. I would think you are smart enough to know not to do this again. ...Read more

Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Definition)

A rare, life-threatening complication of certain bacterial infections. It is often linked to the use of tampons and female contraceptives ...Read more