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What is the difference between toxic shock syndrome and septic shock?

What is the difference between toxic shock syndrome and septic shock?

They're related.: Toxic shock syndrome is a specific cause of septic shock. Tss is caused by staph and sometimes strep bacteria which produce a toxin that can injure many organs. Septic shock is when an infection overwhelms the immune system and causes exaggerated inflammation usually due to bacterial infection, but sometimes viruses or fungal infections as well. If not corrected it has a high fatality rate. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

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


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Are sepsis and toxic shock syndrome the same?

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 more

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What to do if I have really been worried about toxic shock syndrome?

What to do if I have really been worried about toxic shock syndrome?

Relax, probably: Toxic shock is very, emphasize very, severe, life-threatening infection. It is unlikely you would be able to type this question on a keyboard. Symptoms include very high fever (>103), rigors (not just chills) and very low blood pressure. Source may be a gynecologic infection as well as severe soft tissue infections. You get very sick, very quick with TSS. ...Read more

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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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How do they test for toxic shock syndrome?

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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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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What are the early signs and symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome?

What are the early signs and symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome?

Different illnesses: Necrotizing fasciitis may be due to streptococcus pyogenes, but there are other causes. Pain out of proportion to the appearance of the lesion, tenderness, firmness of the area to touch, redness may all occur, but if you suspect this get to a doctor asap. This is an emergency. Toxic shock syndrome is characterized by a red rash often involving lips, hands, hypotension. Again, get to a doctor. ...Read more

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Can men get toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic Shock syndrome: Yes, the initial inciting factor may be different, but the clinical presentation and the course of the disease is the same. Often it is triggered by a focus of infection somewhere in the body and then the infection spread into the blood stream and the bacteria produces toxins that cause the clinical picture ...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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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

Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Definition)

Toxic shock syndrome is 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