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Tampon Use And Toxic Shock Syndrome
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
1) can extended cane use, especially wooden curved grip, lead to carpal tunnel syndrome? 1) can extended cane use, especially wooden curved grip, lead to carpal tunnel syndrome?
2) can putting all of your weight on one leg lead to joint problems in the k
1. : 1. Unlikley 2. Perhaps.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can prolonged use of an electric heating pad cause internal damage, particularly to the kidneys? I have been using an electric heating pad for chronic back pain nightly for 2 years+ 2-4hours at 113f-130f. I am concerned about possible internal damage, es
Natural: Stick to natural wools and cottons.Get a more detailed answer ›
Took gloves off after spraying shoes with antibacterial spray in case of infectious body fluids and outside of glove flicked cut arm HIV or hepatitis?
See below: Very very low risk but notify your doctor. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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