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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. 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


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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?

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

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How can you get toxic shock syndrome from tampons?

How can you get toxic shock syndrome from tampons?

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 more

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Is it possible to get toxic shock syndrome from tampons?

Is it possible to get toxic shock syndrome from tampons?

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 more

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I use tampons, how likely am I to suffer from toxic shock syndrome?

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 more

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Could I have symptoms of toxic shock syndrome if I had a tampon in for 4 days?

Could I have symptoms of toxic shock syndrome if I had a tampon in for 4 days?

Unlikely: Chances are that if you're asking on social media you don't have it ...Read more

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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 more

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I forgot my tampon overnight. Had it in for a good 16 hours. How likely is it that I would get toxic shock syndrome?

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

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I left a tampon in for 7 days. I am afraid I have toxic shock syndrome. I'm experiencing no symptoms though.

I left a tampon in for 7 days. I am afraid I have toxic shock syndrome. I'm experiencing no symptoms though.

Unlikely: This is a common mistake and rarely results in problems. Symptoms of toxic shock syndrome usually appear suddenly, and may include: fever low blood pressure headache muscle aches confusion diarrhea nausea vomiting rash redness of eyes, mouth, and throat seizures If you develop any of these symptoms, contact a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Hi, on Sunday night I inserted a tampon. I forgot about it till 24 hrs later. I removed it 11 hrs ago. Am I still at risk of toxic shock syndrome?.

Hi, on Sunday night I inserted a tampon. I forgot about it till 24 hrs later. I removed it 11 hrs ago. Am I still at risk of toxic shock syndrome?.

While there is: the remote possibility, the benefit gained by your vigilance regarding a rather uncommon illness pales in comparison to the harm unnecessary worrying causes your psyche. Should you remain otherwise symptom free for 72 hours then you should be in the clear. ...Read more

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Can you get toxic shock syndrome by wearing a tampon when you are not on your period?

Yes: Yes-epecially if you use super tampons and leave them in for long periods of time.I'm not sure why you want to wear a tampon if you don't have a period. If its for a discharge, consider a mini-pad or panty liner. ...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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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

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I accidentally left tampon in for 6 days. On day 5, I got headaches, sore throat, sneezing stuffy nose and im kind of achey. toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic shock: You need full evaluation by a physician: complete history, physical examination with vital signs and if indicated basic laboratory tests ...Read more

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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

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. Bonnie Bock
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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