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Is it possible to get toxic shock syndrome from tampons?
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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Dr. William Goldsmith
Critical Care
In brief: Yes!
Toxic Shock syndrome is due to a toxin produced by bacteria, either Staph or Strep.
The bacteria produce a toxin which causes the immune reaction called Toxic Shock Syndrome. Tampons that are left on place for a prolonged period of time provide a culture medium for these bacteria to grow

In brief: Yes!
Toxic Shock syndrome is due to a toxin produced by bacteria, either Staph or Strep.
The bacteria produce a toxin which causes the immune reaction called Toxic Shock Syndrome. Tampons that are left on place for a prolonged period of time provide a culture medium for these bacteria to grow
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