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Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Overview)

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 pain, and a rash.


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Is it possible for a baby to get toxic shock syndrome?

Is it possible for a baby to get toxic shock syndrome?

Yes!: Anyone with a focal or extensive staphylococcal infection (or less often with streptococcal infection) has a potential to develop toxic shock syndrome (tss). What makes certain individuals susceptible to develop tss is still elusive. ...Read more

Dr. Bonnie Bock
105 Doctors shared insights

Toxic Shock Syndrome (Overview)

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 pain, and a rash.


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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

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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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What are the first signs of toxic shock syndrome?

Fever and rash: Fever, faint sunburn type rash which may not be noticed, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, severe weakness, in ability to stand up, just feeling very sick. ...Read more

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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

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How do ER doctors test you to find out if you have toxic shock syndrome?

Different labs: They can order different lab work where they can see you have an infection in your body. Also the history is very important in guiding the doctor towards the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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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

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Is it uncommon for teenagers to have toxic shock syndrome? Is this treated differently?

No: Any one, regardless of age, can become a victim of toxic shock yndrome related to tampons. The treatment is the sme regardless of age. ...Read more

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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

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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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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?

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?

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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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

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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

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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. ...Read more

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What are the signs 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

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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

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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 ...Read more

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How concerning is this toxic shock syndrome?

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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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

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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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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. ...Read more

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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

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How soon can someone get toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic shock dangers: This disease -Toxic Shock Syndrome- is known as a sudden, potentially fatal condition. It has been associated with retained tampons in young women, but can occur in other situations where you have bacteria producing toxin that causes disease. Staphylococcus aureus is classically associated, as are some Strep species. Any doubts/concerns need to be addressed immediately as this can be fatal. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of toxic shock syndrome?

Fever and rash: Fever, faint sunburn type rash which may not be noticed, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, severe weakness, in ability to stand up, just feeling very sick. ...Read more

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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

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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. ...Read more

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