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What Else Causes Toxic Shock Syndrome Besides Tampons
Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & 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
What exactly happens when you get toxic shock syndrome? I know the symptoms but what is happening in your body? How do tampons cause it?
Vascular collapse: Bacteria grow in the vagina around the tampon that has been left in place for a period of time. The "toxic" byproducts of that growth get into the bloodstream through the vagina and release pyrogens(fever agents) in turn those toxins act on the capillaries and arterial endotheliums(cell walls) to turn them into "sieves" causing extravasation of the blood contained in the vessels and "shock". ...Read more
A toxin from Staph: Toxic shock syndrome is usually caused by a bacterial toxin from the staphloccal bacteria that resides on skin and in the vaginal area. The use of tampons, especially extended tampons, allows the accumulation of the toxin and bacteria and the person becomes ill, sometines severly ill. The bacteria can be resistant to multiple antibiotics and special antibiotics must be used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely but possibl: One to 17 of every 100, 000 menstruating women and girls will get tss each year. This is the statistic that some tampon manufactures use in their information sheet. Similar results have been found in other studies. The risk is small but its not a 0% chance of risk. Proper use of tampons is the key to avoiding tss. Younger girls with early menstruation may be at higher risk due to improper use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not exactly: The tampon is not the source of the staph. Toxic shock is due to an infection with a toxin or "poison " producing staph. If a woman has acquired this staph in her vagina, usually from an unknown source, the tampon may increase growth of the staph, which then causes the toxin effects to spread throughout the body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would I know after a week if I had toxic shock syndrome? I'm afraid I accidentally left a tampon in 7 days ago.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I forgot my tampon overnight. Had it in for a good 16 hours. How likely is it that I would get toxic shock syndrome?
Not likely: Toxic shock symdrome is uncommon. Toxic shock syndrome can affect most organ systems in the body, including the skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, blood, and pancreas. All people with toxic shock syndrome have a fhigh ever and a rash, as well as symptoms in at least three other organ systems. ...Read more
Unlikely: Chances are that if you're asking on social media you don't have it ...Read more
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