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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

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. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
1,219 doctors shared insights

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. 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. ...Read more

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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.

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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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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

Dr. Harris Cohen Dr. Cohen
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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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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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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. 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 have 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. 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 tell if I have 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. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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What is the duration of toxic shock syndrome?

What is the duration of toxic shock syndrome?

That condition is: Extremely uncommon now a days, please consult with your gyn and if u are at risk or have had it then u should also have an infectious disease doctor also, I have had many pts leave tampons in too long and I have not seen a case of that in over 25 yrs , you would be more at risk if u are immunocompromised. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome?

What are the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic Shock s.: Headaches, diarrhea, confusion, general ill-feeling, low blood pressure, high fever, muscle aches, redness of eye/mouth/throat, kidney/liver failure, nausea/vomiting, seizures, widespread red rash that looks like sunburn. ...Read more

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 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. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Taylor Dr. Taylor
Critical Care
18 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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What are the first symptoms of toxic shock syndrome?

Fever, rash: 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. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of tss (toxic shock syndrome)?

See below: Staphylococcal tss ias characterized by fever, hypotension, sunburn like rash, desquamation and organ system failure with infection or colonization with a toxin producing strain of staphylococcus aureus. Streptococcal tss is a group a strep infection(usually necrotizing fasciitis), hypotension and multisystem failure. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Taylor Dr. Taylor
Critical Care
18 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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What else causes toxic shock syndrome besides tampons?

What else causes toxic shock syndrome besides tampons?

Many causes: Toxic shock is a rare syndrome and can be caused by a variety of things, including: tampons, barrier contraceptive devices, skin infections, and postoperative surgical infections. ...Read more

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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Dr. Nicolas Melgarejo Dr. Melgarejo
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
14 years in practice
National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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How do they test for toxic shock syndrome?

Blood,urine,vaginal : And throat sample.There's no one specific test for toxic shock syndrome. You may need to provide blood and urine samples to test for the presence of a staph or strep infection. Samples from the vagina, cervix and throat may be swabbed for laboratory analysis. ...Read more

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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What is the treatment for toxic shock syndrome?

What is the treatment for toxic shock syndrome?

Several days/weeks: If the treatment is intensive before it becomes a full blown cardiac emergency- days. If ICU care is involved, then weeks after antibiotics, blood replacement, and sometimes d.I.C.(clotting problems) occasionally, if the diagnosis is missed or not treated soon enough, death is the result. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Martin Dr. Martin
General Practice
24 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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Dr. Bonnie Bock
103 doctors shared insights

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)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more